The United Arab Emirates has advised its citizens to avoid wearing traditional Arab clothing in Western countries after USA police "brutally" detained an Emirati businessman suspected of being a jihadist.
The tourist, stroke victim Ahmed al-Menhali, was detained at gunpoint last Wednesday in Avon, Ohio, after a suspicious hotel clerk alerted relatives told relatives about the man, who called 911.
In the meantime, the UAE has urged men to avoid wearing the white robes, headscarf and headband of the national dress when travelling overseas.
Police bodycam footage shows the Emirati national Ahmed Al Menhali being pinned to the ground.
The incident has prompted the UAE's interior ministry to warn its citizens not to wear traditional dress and later to advise people to respect bans on the full-face veil where it is in place in areas like Europe.
The government of the United Arab Emirates is advising its citizens to avoid wearing the country's traditional dress while traveling overseas. "They told the police that I was pledging allegiance to ISIS, but [said] nothing about weapons".
When officers arrived at the scene shortly before 6 p.m., they encountered an Arabic speaking man standing outside the hotel dressed in a robe with a cell phone in his hand.
While under arrest, Menhali collapsed to the ground and suffered a light stroke.
The apology states that based on the information the officers had from the 911 call, they followed the department's standard police protocol. "You should not have been put in that situation like you were".
In an interview with The National on Saturday, Al-Menhali called his treatment "brutal".
Almenhali was in town because he was undergoing treatment at Cleveland Clinic, Avon Police Chief Richard Bosley said.
The UAE has also summoned a senior American diplomat to protest against the "abusive treatment" of Ahmed al-Menhali, in the U.S. for medical check-up, who was arrested at a hotel in the suburb of Cleveland.
The ministry tweeted a warning about wearing traditional dress.
Al-Menhali has hired an attorney, David Malik, to handle his case.
Marriott International, which owns Fairfield Inn & Suites, told CNN that they express regret over what occurred and are working closely with the Avon hotel's staff to prevent a similar situation. He had several injuries from the arrest when the officers forced him on his back.