Tuesday, February 19, 2008

sharjawies gone silly

"Mannequins in Sharjah shops should be headless and only model "decent" clothing, a Sharjah Municipality circular has stated.

The municipality has urged shopkeepers to abide by a ban that prohibits the display of mannequins with facial features, said a senior Sharjah Municipality official.

"The only clothes on display now should be decent and the mannequins should be headless," said Khalid Al Jaberi, head of market control at Sharjah Municipality"

More here

The GN article goes to say - "it was a religious issue that raised many complaints from residents".

Hmmmmm, I'd really like to meet these residents. Perhaps, passive troubles for the average Sharjawi, 'cause me thinks it's heading the Saudi way.

29 comments:

moviemania said...

Sharjah keeps freaking me out every day. It's so hard to believe that Dubai is right next to this mini-Saudi. I don't understand why they're so strict!

BuJ said...

oh boy.. goto see what they do in riyadh!!

the best thing is probably to find a blog post about saudi manicures.

BuJ said...

lol how's texas?

nzm said...

I'm thinking that they should better go after some of the tourists who dress far more skimpily than any mannequin in a window!

Last time we were in the Blue Souk, I was really surprised to see tourists in shorts, and the women in sleeveless tops. Admittedly they were better dressed than some of the appalling outfits that I see in Dxb malls, but it was still risque for Sharjah standards!

nzm said...

Heh - just re-read my comment and then got this image in my mind of headless tourists to match the mannequins! ;-)

i*maginate said...

What's allowed to be displayed in shopfronts is evidently an advance measure to enforce a long-existing dress code that will be implemented across Sharjah.

The instruction for the head to be removed from mannequins is a bit extreme (in my opinion) in relative terms but one must consider that mannequins on international fashion circuts are headless.

Attire on mannequins in shopfronts are quite offensive at times, and I welcome an enforcement of the law in such regard.

the real nick said...

...I welcome an enforcement of the law in such regard.

Huff! Yes, Ma'am, quite! It's a shame what this world has come to! Plebs running around in shorts! Scandalous, I say, what?!!

ammaro said...

oh great, youre getting bahrain fever. 2 or 3 years ago, our newely set up and elected parliment left everything to do with the low salaries, unemployment, inflation, etc and other things they were meant to fix and focused on illegalizing those sexy sultry mannequins in the windows.

kaya said...

There is a religious reason for this.
It is said that on the day of judgement, Allah will ask those who have created idols / mannerquins in the image of His creation to breathe life into their creations. (which is impossible as only Allah has that power.

rosh said...

Apologies on the absence:

MM: SHJ is freaking me out as well these days - quite hard indeed, to believe DXB is right next door! At times I don't know if they are strict or just "abstract" in it's true sense :)

Mr BuJ: not sure how it works at KSA, am sure it's something along SHJ's lines....

NZM: totally agree with you. Go after the "LIVE" ones lol :) People should take a look at most tourist spots in SHJ, the Al Khan hotels, Iranian Market place - hell even the Rolla Square these days - it's stunning, the tiny varieties you shall see on some tourists.

I'd like to throw light at some shady hotels in SHJ - and certain activities....there is some "real" shite to clean up, than chopping of mannequins heads.

rosh said...

i* - if what you say is indeed true, it reads recipe for some troubled times ahead? On the other hand, I agree, some attire on mannequins are quite offensive -removing the head isn't going to solve much, I think?

lol Nick - i* isn't emphasizing shorts on male mannequins :)

rosh said...

Ammaro bro: I agree, it should be of importance, however, like BAH, SHJ has some pressing issues (recent flooding for instance, and SHJ's share of unwelcome hookers) to deal with....

Kaya-G: errr, I hear you, however, beg to differ .....I mean God has blessed man with common sensibilities, to comprehend, an attire sells better when it's displayed on mannequins - since they let folks get a better look at the fit and fabric...hence, in this context, I am unable to connect it with religion.....?

i*maginate said...

nick flick prick friend, read the comment from a 'factual' perspective - it was not personal.

It's not like this news is unexpected, is it.

Inspire Your Mind said...

My mind cannot comprehend how just an object used for display could be sexually provocative ?! are they deviant of some kind or what ?!

Were they serious when they came up with such an idea ?

BuJ, there are no fitting rooms in Saudi Arabia's malls !! Haram !

BuJ said...

kaya is right about the religious-etimology of sorts. However, as usual these things are seriously open to interpretation!

IYM, you're a piece!! lool
you realise I never noticed that lack of rooms in KSA malls.. I guess coz of the sad fact that I never got far enough down the shopping ritual to actually want to try something!!

I managed to get a carpet (with my dad) that was definitely made in Afghanistan.. and was widely sold.. it depicted 9/11 and other weird stuff.. really weird.. if anyone has seen it then they will know what i mean. however i never found it in uae souks.

Inspire Your Mind said...

I'm not sure about men's fitting rooms.. but for sure there aren't any for women, that's what my Saudi girl friends tell me all the time..

Inspire Your Mind said...

Hey Rosh.. Sammo took me out today.. and I've noticed that all maniquans in Montreal are headless.. I think they're trying to cut down on costs.. it looks like those purposless heads cost a fortune !

But I still can't get Sharjawis mentality when it comes to their reasoning of doing so !

rosh said...

IYM, I wasn't aware KSA didn't have trial rooms....assume, they probably have a lot of sales returns?
Curious - why don't they have trial rooms?

Mr BuJ - perhaps it has something to do with religion, but, am just gonna steer away from that topic :)

rosh said...

Guys, IYM is correct: I was out and about with friends, on "mannequin research" - we came across quite a few stores with headless mannequins. A few store managers claim, the headless are more "chic" & contemporary - whilst sime say, it's the cost aspect. Most huge departmental stores and the usual fashion outlets (BR, GAP, Club Monaco, Talbot's etc all) - had headless mannequins.

Damn? think Sharjawies got it right this time....perhaps clowns at GN spun in the "displeased residents" and the subtle hint at religious/cultural beliefs?

I must change the title to "sharjawies gets smart & contemporary"! and offer an apology.

Inspire Your Mind said...

Rosh.. no fitting/trial rooms in KSA cos " a married woman shouldn't take her cloths off outside of her house " .. as if she's running topless in those malls ! And yes of course they have lotsa sales returns.. mind you, instead of going out once to buy a skirt or a shirt, you go twice or more cos you try it out at " your protected home " !

Tell me, are there lingerie stores in Sharjah with display-manniquens ? (with or without heads)

kaya said...

Look I don't have a problem with the mannequins with or without their heads. I was just saying Sharjah is supposed to be the religious capital of UAE ergo the religious overtyones extending towards the mannequins being beheaded.
What I do have a problem with is the female mannequins, who are no doubt feeling very cold and have pointy bits.
I find that soooo offensive.

the real nick said...

So there are no women's fitting rooms in Saudi. Well, how wrong can you possibly go when choosing a burka??

-Large black
-XL black, loose fit (five kids)
-XXL black, obscenely loose fit (fifteen kids)

kaya said...

ohhhhh Rosh
You have been TAGGED!
(muhahhahahhahah!)

Anonymous said...

http://www.gulfnews.com/images/08/02/25/26_ae_antique_4.jpg

Inspire Your Mind said...

Time for new post Rosh :)

i*maginate said...

this is completely unacceptable, rosh. 2 whole bladdy weeks and no BoSt FrOm YoU i Am GoiNG CrAzY waLlAh !!!>>?>!!!

Cairogal said...

Does Sharjah still receive "help" from KSA? This was the reason years ago that the emirate went from the centre of nightlife in the UAE to its more conservative state.

Cairogal said...

http://goliath.ecnext.com/coms2/summary_0199-1772068_ITM

SCroll down to see the full article. Sharjah was conservative when I moved there in 1998, though not as conservative as it is now.

Jayne said...

There is a floor, dedicated to wimmin shoppers only, in the Kingdom mall in Riyadh. It houses Debenhams & several other well known brand shops. The only men allowed on the floor are employees of the shops, but they're few & far between. One is allowed to removed ones abaya on this floor & shop with gay (as in happy) abandon! I hated shopping in Riyadh, until I found out about the ladies only floor. There are security personnel posted at every possible entrance up to the floor & no male gets past them.....such a pleasure in such a restricted shopping enviroment :-)