The changing rooms for the gym and pool at the Doha hotel I'm currently in has a sign up saying

Please respect local customs, and avoid nudity whilst using this changing room

However, it's laid out local a "normal" western style changing room - benches, lockers, showers etc, but no individual changing cubicles.

I had assumed that the sign would mean to use changing cubicles, but there weren't any! Swapping between trousers and swim wear in a wet shower cubicle didn't seem very practical either

What is the expected behaviour here? How are you expected to change between say trousers and swimwear in such a changing room, whilst respecting local customs about no nudity?

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    Doing it with a towel under your waist could be a solution. I don't actually know Doha but it could also mean you are expected to do it quickly and discreetly instead of wandering around naked while drying yourself as could happen elsewhere.
    – Relaxed
    Dec 7 '14 at 7:50
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    "Nudity" doesn't even mean the same everywhere. I was in Busan, South Korea a few years ago and there was a sign in the hostel telling us not to be naked. It turned out to mean that even males should not be shirtless - let alone anything we in the west might consider nudity! Dec 7 '14 at 11:42
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    @Relaxed There were no towels available in the changing rooms - you collected your towel from poolside later! I suppose you could possibly go get one first, if that's what they meant?
    – Gagravarr
    Dec 7 '14 at 17:24
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    Close your eyes while you change. If you can't see them, they can't see you. Dec 7 '14 at 18:09
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    Have you considered asking the management/attendant (discretely) what the intention is? Dec 7 '14 at 22:54

What people usually do is putting on their boxers/underwear in the shower cubicle then come out and put on the rest. Some people do what Burhan described in the other answer as well.

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    So you walk around with wet undies? How do you dry off between your legs?
    – miltonaut
    Dec 7 '14 at 11:10
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    Dry yourself inside, not rocket science. Dec 7 '14 at 12:39

Wrap a towel around your waist (or use a dressing gown/shower gown and face the locker) and then change your trunks/shorts.


I would personally take that sign to mean 'no strutting around in the nude', aka it's acceptable to quickly change but not for longer than necessary.

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    This is an assumption, and may or may not be right though. Dec 7 '14 at 11:41

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