Nouakchott - Post Report Question and Answers

What is the typical dress code at work and in public places? Is formal dress ever required?

Conservative, especially for women. Covered knees and shoulders and loose-fitting clothing is appropriate. At the one expat beach however women can wear western style swimsuits, including two pieces. - Aug 2021

Conservative Muslim country, so no short-shorts, no tank tops, and no mini skirts. While outside of expat areas cover your shoulders to avoid people starting don’t wear anything revealing in public, as it will draw attention. Most women here are veiled and wear the local dress is called a malefa. - Aug 2021

Dress code at work is business casual but formal for meetings. A European influence in formality in language and dress are respected in the workplace due to the cultural influences. - Sep 2020

Depends. Suits are typical for business environments (embassy, banks, international businesses) despite the heat, although I tend to think of Nouakchott as a fairly relaxed (forgiving) enviroment. - Apr 2019

Standard business dress works for most situations. - May 2016

Smart casual. - Dec 2015

Business attire at the Embassy. Anywhere else - men can where whatever they want women... Not so much. Women need to dress conservatively. - Apr 2014

Business casual at work, casual but conservative in public. - Aug 2011

Business casual. - Dec 2009

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