One of the most iconic things about local Emirati (and other inhabitants of the Middle East) is their way of dressing. The women wear a hijab, niqab or burka, the men wear a thob or a Kandura as they call it in the UAE. In Oman they call it ‘Dishdasha’.
When a local Emirati was sitting I’m my class I asked him about his outfit and he explained to me some of the purposes and that it is more of ‘local’ thing than a religious thing. He also explained to me that a westerner can buy and wear it without any problem. That’s when I really considered buying one 🙂
Not much later I found a shop specialized in making these. Together with my roommate we went there and bought the whole outfit. It consists of the Kandura itself, a white t-shirt to wear underneath it, white thin pants, the head-wear (consisting of the ring and the cloth) and a pair of sandals. We had the Kandura itself tailor made so we had to wait 4 days to pick it up. Total price: 400 AED or about €80. Not too bad and the best souvenir you can get!
Here’s a picture of me and my roommate at the fort in Bahla (Oman) while wearing our Kandura.
We wore them for 3 whole days. They are really comfortable, a bit too hot for me because of the multiple layers, and not very good to get a suntan because it covers pretty much everything 😉