The administration of the “coffee shop” says “it applies the system” .. and “tourism” objects to those who interfere with dress

The “Abaya Girl” provokes a battle over the right of cafes in Egypt to impose “entrance clothes”

  • The girl who was prevented from entering because of the abaya.

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  • Dina Hashish: The manager refused to respond to my request.

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The recent expulsion of an Egyptian girl, wearing an abaya, from a café in the Fifth Settlement in Cairo, on the pretext that the “fashion system in the café” does not allow entry to the wearer of the abaya, the niqab, and other clothes, has caused a wide official and popular controversy, the majority of which is in the direction of refusing to impose cafes and public outlets, meaning A dress code, as long as it is within the framework of public taste and morals.

A girl who went to attend a business meeting for her with seven other girls on a "coffee shop" was prevented from entering the cafe, which angered her other colleagues, and ended with them leaving the cafe, and raising the issue on social networking pages.

Dina Hashish, one of the girls who participated in the incident, said, through her account on "Facebook", "The work team and I decided to hold an important meeting in the Fifth Settlement in the morning café. We started the meeting, and we were five girls, each of us having a different shape from the other, veiled in different shapes." A different, diverse group writing different content for 1.7 million followers, and the most beautiful thing about us is our difference.”

Hashish continued: "After two hours, the last participating girl arrived, crying, because of embarrassment, saying that she would not be able to attend the meeting, because they did not want her in this place, because she was wearing an abaya!"

This is (not) an ordinary member of the team, everyone likes it.”

Hashish continued, “I went to the director to reproach, that we are in 2021, and there is no need to be afraid of disagreement.

We do not refuse that you have rules for wearing clothes, this is your right, but I am their manager, and we chose this place to hold the meeting, so there is no need to be embarrassed.”

He replied, "There are cameras in the place, and the manager does not accept, and holds me responsible, and does not allow the abaya, the niqab, or the slippers."

For its part, the spokesperson for the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, Suha Bahgat, said, “There is no law that prohibits entry to citizens in appropriate dress that respects public morals, and there is nothing to prevent a person from entering a tourist or non-tourist place in his dress, as long as he does not violate Public morals".

Bahgat continued, during a telephone interview with the "Hadith Cairo" program, on the "Cairo and the People" screen, "What happened that prevented a woman from attending a cafe in the Fifth Settlement area, because she was wearing an abaya, is out of the ordinary."

She indicated that if the report is proven to be true, actions will be taken, starting with the investigation of the owner of the facility, in addition to imposing legal sanctions on him according to the nature of the case.

Egyptian Ministry of Tourism:

• “There is no law that prohibits the entry of citizens in appropriate dress that respects public morals, and there is nothing to prevent a person from entering a tourist or non-tourist place in his uniform, as long as he does not violate public morals.”

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