Expatriates in Dubai told the Gulf News that most Britons conduct themselves respectfully.
Their response came after the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued a warning to British holidaymakers to keep their tops on while sunbathing.
"It [the report] makes it sound like we’re all commoners," says Claire Johnson, a Brit living in the UAE.
"From what I see we all behave well out here; it’s a minority of people coming here on holiday who don’t know what they’re getting into," she told the paper.
The FCO has issued an updated version of its Know Before You Go advice, which reminds British tourists to be aware of the different cultural sensitivities when visiting the emirate.
According to the FCO, 50 per cent of women sunbathe topless without checking the local law.
Abir Ahmad Ansari, a Pakistani expatriate, told Gulf News it was unfair to single out British women.