No Burkinis! Morocco hotels ban ‘halal’ suit

Women are banned from wearing a Burkini in Morocco. (AFP)

Some private pools in Morocco’s tourism hot spots have banned women from wearing burkinis, sometimes described as halal swim-suits, which cover the body and have a head covering attached.

Several resorts in the touristic city of Marrakesh have reportedly banned the burkini in their private pools, with many citing “hygiene reasons,” according to local news reports.

Khadija El Idrissi, Communication and Public Relations Director at Mazagan Beach and Golf Resort, denied an earlier statement that the resort bans the burkini.

“Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort had no involvement with such bans whatsoever. As a matter of fact, since the opening of the resort female clients in pool area dressed in burkini is a very familiar sight and has never been discouraged by us," El Idrissi said in an email statement.

Local news websites have published posters used by the management of private swimming pools to inform users that the burkini is not allowed. One posted in Morocco World News came in three languages and says “Burkini not allowed” and “Bathing suits mandatory.”

burkini no

burkini no

This is reportedly even the case if the burkini is made of special swimming material.

Abdelaziz Aftati, an MP of the ruling Moderate Islamist Justice and Development Party, sent a complaint to Tourism Minister Lahcen Haddad, after a woman wearing a burkini was reportedly banned from a swimming pool in al-Jadida, according to  Morocco World News.

Aftati told the press that it is unacceptable to restrict people’s freedom and their beliefs, saying the move signified the “rudeness of the new colonization.”

In 2009 in France, a 35-year-old convert to Islam threatened legal action after she was evicted from a public pool for wearing a "burkini."

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:42 - GMT 06:42