The traditional and modest Islamic culture is reflected from the woman’s wear in Qatar

The traditional and modest Islamic culture is reflected from the woman’s wear in Qatar


Perhaps in all of the Arab countries, Qatar has the most cultural significance as the country is on the front in promoting the traditional Arab culture and heritage. The government of Qatar often takes initiatives to highlight the Arab culture and traditions as the quick changes occurring in the modern lives of the Qatar generation might take them away from their own unique civilization. Qatari people speak Arabic but English is also becoming popular and official language in the country.

Qatari traditional dancer in the folk costumes - Image by Abraham Puthoor
Qatari traditional dancer in the folk costumes – Image by Abraham Puthoor

The traditional dress of Qatar is a pure Arabian endowment. Perfectly ironed and neat thobe is the traditional dress for men in Qatar. Thobe or thoub is a long and normally white shirt along with trousers which reaches to the ground.

Proud Qatari man in his traditional dress - Image by Mohammed Nairooz
Proud Qatari man in his traditional dress – Image by Mohammed Nairooz

Nowadays it has become fashion of the young Qatari men to select different kinds of fabrics having various shades for stitching their thobes from the tailors. We can see variation in collars, buttons and weavings these days.

Bagpipes of Arabia - Image Omar Chatriwala
Bagpipes of Arabia – Image Omar Chatriwala

The Qatari men may use long and white trousers under the thobe and sometimes they also prefer to wear boxer style-shorts as well. In winter the fabric of the thobe is thicker and dark colors replace the traditional white and off-white colors.

Qatari man wearing traditional headdress - Image by jflashphoto
Qatari man wearing traditional headdress – Image by jflashphoto

Nobody must forget that the headdress has tremendous importance in the traditional Qatari dress culture. Normally, the Qatari men use a folded square cloth that is known as Gutra or Ghutra to cover their heads. In summer the red & white or black & white is their favorite choice for Gutra and in winter creamy colored gutra are also commonly seen.

Qatari girls dance and singe at the Darb Al Saai grounds - Image by Omar Chatriwala
Qatari girls dance and singe at the Darb Al Saai grounds – Image by Omar Chatriwala

In the ceremonies and festive events, the Qatari men like Saudi men also wear Bisht which is considered as the symbol of pride and prestige for them. This dress is essentially a flowing outer cloak made of wool, worn over the Thobe. Sometimes Bisht is long white, brown or black cloaks trimmed in gold.

The traditional and modest Islamic culture is reflected from the woman’s wear in Qatar
The traditional and modest Islamic culture is reflected from the woman’s wear in Qatar

The traditional and modest Islamic culture is reflected from the woman’s wear which is generally driven by social customs. Traditional dress for women in Qatar includes long black robes with black colored Hijab. The long black robe covering is called “Abaya” together with the black scarf used for covering their heads known as the shayla. These Abayas are normally made with silk or silk cotton mix fabrics.

Qatari women normally wear a long dress which is known as djelabia
Qatari women normally wear a long dress which is known as djelabia

Under the Abaya, the elder Qatari women normally wear a long dress which is known as djelabia and it is usually made with cotton. The djelabia is embroidered at the neck and cuffs or sometimes, short sleeves. The trousers worn by the women are baggy shaped and ankle-length and are called sirwal, heavily embroidered around the ankle cuff.

The Qatari brides normally dress up on their wedding day in Thobe A Nashal,
The Qatari brides normally dress up on their wedding day in Thobe A Nashal,

The Qatari brides normally dress up on their wedding day in Thobe A Nashal, a decorated and embroidered over dress made with light weight chiffon stitched from vertical and horizontal panels to create a ‘T’ shaped dress when laid flat. She and other ladies also decorate their hands, arms, feet and ankles with stylish and magnificent patterns of henna. Elegant and heavy jewelry including marvelously designed bracelets, necklaces, bangles and pendants made of gold and silver are compulsory items in the traditional attire for Qatari woman.

Qatari ladies decorate their hands, arms, feet and ankles with stylish and magnificent patterns of henna. Image by Stuck in Customs
Qatari ladies decorate their hands, arms, feet and ankles with stylish and magnificent patterns of henna. Image by Stuck in Customs

These days, the generally acceptable working women costumes in Qatar consist of trousers/skirts (below knee length), with a modest neck line, and no less than half-sleeve.

A Qatari working woman - Photo by itupictures
A Qatari working woman – Photo by itupictures

For the tourists, it is very important to be sensitive to the dress code in Qatar as for women the shoulders and knees must be covered and low cut tops should be particularly avoided. For men shorts or trousers should cover the knee and clothes. As with girls, shirts and T-shirts should cover the upper arm. Sandals are perfectly acceptable for both men and women.

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