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The Associated Press June 12, 2012, 1:39PM ET

Emirates panel takes swipe at 'immodest' outfits

The main public advisory body in the United Arab Emirates says it will push for stronger measures to discourage revealing clothing worn by tourists and others in the Gulf's most socially liberal country.

The Federal National Council backed the proposal Tuesday after the country's culture minister, Abdulrahman al-Owais, supported efforts to emphasis the conservative traditions of the UAE -- which is now home to nearly all of the world's nationalities in cosmopolitan centers such as Dubai.

Some council members have urged for airport fliers and other publicity campaigns to encourage less flesh-showing in public. The half-elected, half-appointed council has no law-making powers and any decision rests with the UAE's government.

In recent weeks, a social media drive by two Emirati women has appealed to foreigners to avoid "immodest" clothes such as tiny shorts and skimpy tops in public.

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