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Traditional Clothing for Women - Where to Buy nr Dubai OT

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Traditional Clothing for Women - Where to Buy nr Dubai OT

Most of the questions regarding suitable clothing on this forum are about exposing too much skin, so this may seem a somewhat odd question, perhaps. My wife is very taken with the flowing, body-concealing, sun-blocking (in order of importance) traditional Arabic dress. Are these readily available in Western-style malls like Dubai Mall, or would it be better to head to somewhere more traditional like the old centre? She wants to get one asap after we arrive, to avoid the sun, so if there is anywhere near the Dubai Mall / Old Town area, that would be great. And will it be seen as strange for an obvious non-Arab to be wearing Arabian clothing?

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1. Re: Traditional Clothing for Women - Where to Buy nr Dubai OT

There is one section in Dubai Mall on the ground floor that seems to specialise in abaya and jalabiya. They are of the pricier options though.

For cheaper options but still of good quality, you may head to Naif Souk in Diera.

Personally I don't find it weird seeing non-Arabs wearing one of these, and I have seen a few even in big malls.

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2. Re: Traditional Clothing for Women - Where to Buy nr Dubai OT

Karama or Union Co-op at Safa Park.

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Okay, we'll try the ground floor of Dubai Mall, and if that is on the pricey side, I'll see if she's up for a taxi ride to the old central city. Thanks a lot for the advice. Incidentally, would you know what would be a reasonable price?

My wife thinks I would look good in a man's version, but I'm not so sure. For one thing, I have no idea what they wear under it....

Incidentally, if you are an obvious non-Japanese wearing traditional Japanese costume outside a festival, like on a commuter train, you WILL stand out like a sore thumb and get a great many looks. I speak from experience....

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4. Re: Traditional Clothing for Women - Where to Buy nr Dubai OT

BedouGirl - thanks for those other two - sorry, but I can't find them on Google Maps.

Incidentally, outside places like the big malls and other touristy places, is there much of a language issue for shopping?

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5. Re: Traditional Clothing for Women - Where to Buy nr Dubai OT

if you speak English as good as you write you will have no problems with language,

also if your not wanting to pay much the supermarket carrefour have them,

and the textile souks along side Dubai creek is a good place to pick up a bargain,

regarding the men you can ware white boxer type shorts or like a wrap around skirt type garment,

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6. Re: Traditional Clothing for Women - Where to Buy nr Dubai OT

Union Co-op is a chain of supermarkets http://www.ucs.ae/

Karama is an area near Bur Dubai.

If you google Big Bus Dubai, you can download the map. It's not to scale but gives you an idea of where everything is.

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7. Re: Traditional Clothing for Women - Where to Buy nr Dubai OT

I personally don't think you'd stand out like a sore thumb wearing the white robe but of course there would be some curious glances especially if you take the metro, haha! (Not in a bad way though :-))

Underneath, you can wear a pair of white long pants (although this is not common in the UAE but common in other Arab countries). In the UAE and Oman, they tend to wear a long white wrap around. These are normally sold in the same places that sell the white robe too.

Back to abaya and jalabiya for the ladies. Prices would vary depending on the quality of the material, design, elaborate embroderies, stones, etc. You can get a cheap and simple one in Carrefour for less than AED100, but design and size might be limited.

You can also get them for less than AED100, or even around AED50 inside or around Naif Souk. I would say however a good quality one, with some nice design would be those of at least around AED150-200 in their starting price. Expect to bargain, and one can usually get them to lower the price to around AED90-AED140. Of course there would be a lot other pricier options around.

Naif Souk is close to the Creek, Spice Souk and Gold Souk as well, so might want to combine your visit to these places too while you're there.

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8. Re: Traditional Clothing for Women - Where to Buy nr Dubai OT

Thanks so much for all that info. Very useful. I'm not sure about me, but my wife is looking forward to picking one (or two) up. She likes the plain black, but we'll see what is on offer.

Also useful to know that English can apparently be used for shopping even in the smaller, more local places. My knowledge of Arabic is extremely limited, in the same sense that my ability to fly by waving my arms is extremely limited....

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9. Re: Traditional Clothing for Women - Where to Buy nr Dubai OT

You'll find that you don't need Arabic at all. Probably the only Emirati you will speak to (and most of them don't say anything) will be the immigration officer. Shukran means thank you if you want to use that.

Emiratis don't do jobs in shops or the souks, expat labour cares for that. Emiratis, if they work, do white collar jobs so in the shops the majority of staff will be Indian, Sri Lankan or Malasian. In the souks then it's mostly Indian or other Arabic nationalities like Jordan, Syria, Iran etc.

So even in the smallest most local place it won't be an Emirati that serves you.

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10. Re: Traditional Clothing for Women - Where to Buy nr Dubai OT

Latimer, I think you might mean Filipinos instead of Malaysians? :-)