In the midst of all this glitz and glam, there remains the traditional clothing of the UAE, which many local people wear to this day. These garments are steeped in history and provide a keen insight into the culture of the region. In this post, we’ll give you an overview of the traditional clothes of the UAE.
Emirati Clothing for Men & Women
Emirati mens dress is a symbol of pride and identity that has been designed with the dual intent of providing comfort and adhering to religious beliefs. In UAE, men wear an ankle-length, loose-fitting garment made of white cotton, or now days Cotton-polyester known as a Kandora Dishdasha or Thawb. The Ghutra is a headdress. Traditionally, it served a dual purpose of protecting the desert dwellers from both the sun and the sandstorms. The conventional ghutra for Emirati men is white. or Shemagh (red and white chequered pattern) and is held in place by the Agal, a black cord. the underpart cover called (Gahfiya).
Traditionally, women in UAE wear women
Jalabiya and when outside home it covered in an Abaya. a long, black flowing light coat over their clothing. Traditional abayas are plain black. Many modern styles incorporate embellishments and embroidery on the dark fabric, which adds a contemporary twist to the look. This is worn over their western clothes or a traditional long-sleeved full-length dress known as a Jalabiya. A black scarf called a Shayla is draped over the head.
What should tourists wear when visiting the UAE?
There tends to be a lot of confusion regarding what is appropriate for tourists to wear when visiting the UAE. In general, there is no need for tourists to cover their hair when visiting the UAE. Despite some sensational news headlines, the dress codes are quite relaxed as well. Authorities only ask people to cover up in cases of highly immodest outfits. You can still wear shorts or a skirt an inch above the knee, or tops that bare your arms. Just try to keep in mind the amount of overall skin you are showing. For example, if you are showing your legs, try to wear a more modest top.