After Emirati Held, UAE Tells Citizens to Avoid Wearing Traditional Clothing Abroad

Announcement comes after Ahmed al-Menhali was detained at gunpoint while wearing a traditional white kandura in Ohio as a result of ISIS-related profiling.

A veiled Muslim woman with a shopping bag walks in the city of Bonn, Germany, January 12, 2016.
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The United Arab Emirates has warned its citizens to avoid wearing traditional garments when traveling abroad after an Emirati man was handcuffed in Ohio over terrorism fears.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a tweet late Saturday that Emiratis should avoid wearing the garments for their safety. A separate ministry statement urged women to abide by bans on face veils in parts of Europe.

Local media reported Sunday that Emirati national Ahmed al-Menhali was detained at gunpoint last week while wearing a traditional white kandura, or ankle-length robe, and headscarf in Avon, Ohio after a hotel clerk raised suspicions he could have links to ISIS.

Cleveland's WEWS-TV posted police camera video footage of al-Menhali's arrest and a later meeting where Avon officials offered their apologies.