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National Dress in the UAE

Sandra McCartie
National dress for women is the abba,also call shaila or abaya, a black full length covering.  Under the abba women wear loose sirwal, or trousers, and a kandura, a dress often embroidered in gold or silver and the thaub.  The burqa is the black mask covering the nose and mouth.

For men, the white full-length shirt is called the dishdash. The headcloth, usually red-chequered or plain white, is the gutra.  The black rope wrapped around the head to keep the gutra in place is called the agal, and under this headdress, men wear a small skull cap or taqia.  A cloak may be worn outside the dishdash.  It is called an abba or bisht, usually colored black.

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