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Traditional Dress – Emirati men

One of the first impression people have about Dubai is that most of the people dress very differently from the current trends shown on Fashion TV. Everyone dresses in their own traditional clothes, Gulf nationals wear dishdash and abaya, Indians wear traditional Indian suits and saris, Pakistani wear traditional Pakistani clothes etc.

traditional emirati dressThe Arabian Gulf male nationals (Emiratis, Qataris, Saudis etc) traditionally wear Dishdash. Dishdash (or Kandura in Arabic) is the long white robe. Where dishdash is usually white, it can be of any color, cream, brown, gray and even navy or black. What is amazing is that these are always crease free and spotlessly clean. How do they achieve this – the men may change their dishdash a number of times in the day to go to different events (work, prayers, dinner etc). A UAE National might have 50 or so dishdashes in his closet, and have up to 20 of those with the dry cleaners at any one time. A typical kandura is tailored to fit and it would cost anywhere between 100 and 200 Dirhams. Most people wear traditional dishdash, however sometimes they will have collars, breast pocket and/or cuffs. This would depend on the taste of the person who wears it. Dishdash can be worn with either sandals or shoes.

Along with dishdash, the guthra is the headscarf men wear. Even today, the most popular colours are the white or the red and white checks, however all the colours can be seen, depending on current fashion. The Beduin traditionally wore the red and white check headscarves as the material was tougher than the others and was a good protection against harsh desert climate. Also, the way that guthra is worn can define who someone is. Some young Emiratis even wear baseball caps instead of guthra.


The Egal is the black rope that fixes the headscarf in place. In the past these were used by Bedouin as a rope for the camel’s feet. Some younger men prefer not to wear it and tie their guthra in a different way on their head.

Emiratis wear dishdash almost exclusively at all occasions, with or without guthra. You can even see little boys barely able to walk in very cute mini dishdashes. For them it’s a symbol of their tradition and they are very proud of it.

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Time to start thinking about New Year’s Eve party?

burj new year eve party The New Year’s Eve party at the most famous Dubai landmark hotel Burj Al Arab is just launched.

The price for a dinner and an after dinner party is merely  7450 dhs, which comes at  approximately US$ 2000 or 1500 euros! This is per person of course.

I think I am going to stick to my plans that involve the  fireworks and mulled wine on the beach and enter 2010 two thousand and ten dollars richer!

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The sky IS the limit!!!

Dubai dinner in the skyThis is sooo Dubai! When we have the tallest building in the world and the biggest man-made island in the world, why wouldn’t we have a place where you can have your dinner hanging from a crane?

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Hot and Cold Water

Evolution has given camels long eyelashes and padded feet to cope with this harsh desert. Us humans are very poorly adapted to this environment and even after we made it into something we can live in (towns with houses, roads, malls etc), the nature still show us every now and then who has the upper hand! Like this story with hot and cold water.

Water taps

Water taps

During the summer temperatures in UAE reach the high 40’s or sometimes even 50′C. As the cold water tanks are placed on the building or villa’s roofs, they get baked whole day leaving the water coming out of cold water tap piping hot. The man wouldn’t be the man if he/she couldn’t find a way around it – switch off the water heater so we get cold water from the hot tap! Voila! Problem solved – red tap means cold water and blue tap means hot water – at least during summer!

Much smaller price to pay for adaptation compared to getting padded feet!

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