Qatar has launched a campaign urging tourists and foreign residents to respect the country's dress code.

The campaign says a visitor or a resident in Qatar is required to wear "decent clothes."

"Women should avoid wearing any garments that are too tight, too short or translucent such as mini-skirts or sleeveless dresses," according to a campaign poster posted on the campaign's Twitter account @reflect_respect.

The banned attires were shown in a picture Tweeted by the campaign. They also appeared to include short dresses, leggings and shorts.

"Both men and women should also avoid walking around in their swimming suits away from beaches or swimming pools," according to the campaign.

The campaign says visitors and residents of Qatar "should know that courtesy and hospitality are of the virtues that are highly appreciated and respected in the Arab world. They will surely feel how friendly and gentle the Qatari people are."

Egyptian expat Nada Ramadan told Al Arabiya News: "We should not forget the golden rule: When in Rome, do what the Romans do. We must respect the country's local customs and beliefs."

The dress code in Qatar is a sensitive topic among locals and expatriates alike.

Some Qatari nationals took to the social media to show their support for the campaign.

"This is something we needed a lot earlier @reflect_respect glad it's starting now at least. ppl need to be aware of the country's customs," remarked Twitter user @justaasim.

"This is how, we can preserve our religion and nation ... Till the government adopts the idea of the campaign and issues a similar official law," another user wrote.

@Asmaalkhatib wrote: "I totally support this and express my respect to everyone who respect our culture and heritage."

Qatar's Islamic Culture Center previously launched an initiative to educate foreigners on Qatar's dress code.
"The amount of immodest clothing is growing in public places, especially shopping malls. Such foreigner behavior conflicts with our traditions," Nasser Al Maliki, the center's public relations' chief told the UAE based daily news website Gulf News.

"We do not want our kids to be exposed to it or learn from it, and that's why we will start this campaign," he said.
Article 57 of the country's constitution stipulates that "abiding by public order and morality, observing national traditions and established customs is a duty of all who reside in the State of Qatar or enter its territory."
In 2013, more than 208,000 expats, including family members of some, arrived in the country, making nearly 85 percent of the population foreigners. - Al Arabiya