These are essentially the sandals that are worn by the Emarati males, common to other male nationals of gulf countries too like Saudi, Qatar, Bahrain, Yemen, Kuwait and Oman. Here in UAE, I noticed that those emaratis living in Dubai wear shoes, whereas those in Abu Dhabi (including Al Ain) and other emirates wear sandals most of the time. Perhaps the reason behind this is that Dubai is highly urbanized compared to Abu Dhabi and other emirates or simply they are more nationalistic than those living in Dubai. Hmmm I don't think so. Maybe it is the influence of the 'white' people and other cultures. Dubai is 'home' to expats. What do you think?
Last week, I've been to Emirates Commercial Complex (will post a separate entry about this) and luckily one of the shop owners allowed me to take some pictures. Photos shown below are na-aals made in Italy, carrying the famous brand name of Pierre Cardin. Made from the finest and smooth leathers. You can simply pick from the classic white, brown and black to the vibrant orange and mahogany brown or ask the sales person if they have the color that you desire.
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Price ranges from AED 699 to AED 2,399 (USD 190 to USD 651) for a pair of na-aal. Whew! I told my husband that I won't spend that much for a sandal.
And look what hubby and I found in one of the shops in Al Thouba.....na-aals for a price of AED 100 to AED 300 (don't look at my hubby's dry skin hahahaha). Cheaper and affordable :-)
Word of the day: rakhees or rakhis is the arabic word for cheap. Salaam to all!
(will visit your blogs tomorrow, I need to get some sleep, am still on tonight. Ahhh..night duties...)