Continuing last week's post about the UAE National Dress; this time allow me to share with you what is an abaya.
Abaya is the long flowing black gown or cloak worn by the UAE National females. Price ranges from AED 150 to AED 2500 (USD 40 to 680) each, depending on the material and design. It can be a plain black or those with intricate jewel designs. I have seen some signature abayas too like those made by Burberry, Drior and Givenchy. Ladies will wear western clothes like jeans and shirts or the local dress under their abayas ( I have seen some women wearing their pyjamas too).
The main reason for wearing the abaya is the concern for modesty. Nowadays, especially in central Abu Dhabi and Dubai, you will find some emarati women simply putting their abaya on but they are leaving it open, I mean, you can visibly see their clothes under the abaya. It is quite different with the conservative emarati women and even with the bedouins, I noticed that their abayas are simple, usually plain black and tightly closed, you will not see even their hands and feet, toes and fingers because they wear black gloves and black socks.
Word of the day: baad wahid usbu'u is the arabic term for next week. Salaam to all!
(Let me take this opportunity to thank you guys for your perennial visits. Please excuse me for being so slow in commenting and answering your questions because I have a very tight schedule due to my much awaited vacation.)