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Know Your Thobe – Different styles across the GCC

Just moved to any of the GCC Country? Or have you been here a while but haven’t figured out how to determine where a person is from by the style of their thobe?

Maybe you were in a meeting or walking through mall, and you noticed the variation in clothing between people.

This simple guide from Brownbook illustrated by Liz Ramos-Prado can be helpful in giving you a rough idea of where someone is from.

Kuwaiti kanduras, noted for their use of high quality material, feature a one button collar with a slim fit. Omani kanduras are collarless with short loose tassles attached just above the breast. Often colourful.

Bahraini-Qatari-thobe

Bahraini kanduras are loose fitting with a soft shirt collar. They feature occasional details like shirt pockets. The material of a Qatari kandura is often shiny and occasionally has a long and stiff tassel or shirt pocket.

Emirati-Saudi-thobe

Emirati kanduras have no collar. They have a long loose tassel and matching embroidery on the sleeves. Saudi kanduras are tight fit with a two button collar with shirt sleeves made to have cufflinks.

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2 Thoughts to “Know Your Thobe – Different styles across the GCC”

  1. […] People were all dressed in their national costumes and Renwick was explaining to me that the different traditional dresses show that the people are from different areas in the Gulf Region. For example, if there is a pocket on the dress specifically with a pen inside, he is a Qatari. A checked headpiece would mean that he is from Saudi. Find out more about their differences at beingarab.com. […]

  2. […] Different traditional dresses show that the people are from different areas in the Gulf Region. For example, if there is a pocket on the dress specifically with a pen inside, he is a Qatari. A checked headpiece would mean that he is from Saudi. Find out more about their differences at beingarab.com. […]

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