Hailing a Cab

A traditionally dressed Saudi man hails a cab in the busy city of Jeddah. He wears the long crisp white dress called a “thobe” (which usually has a stiff standup collar) and wears long white pants underneath along with a white t-shirt as well. The long white scarf draped over his head is called “shemagh” and the round black rope holding it in place is called “egal.” I still marvel at seeing men dressed like this conducting daily business – just seems so exotic to me. Notice the fruit stand in the background, located right on the street.

About SusieOfArabia

American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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5 Responses to Hailing a Cab

  1. Judy says:

    I enjoy seeing the photo’s and reading the informative descriptions on your blog. It’s very interesting.

  2. Erin says:

    another informative post…i had no clue what the different parts of the headgear were called. as always love coming to your blog(s) and reading about life in your world.
    belated new year’s greetings from virginia.

  3. Hi Alette – You’re most welcome!

    Hi GeoGypsy – As far as women being able to choose to dress in Western wear, women must wear the long black cloak here, called abaya, when they are out in public. They can choose to wear whatever they want underneath. Many Saudi women are actually quite fashion forward, and if you go to a wedding here, you will see the most trendy, elegant, glitzy, low-cut, sexy, and glamorous gowns you have ever seen. But out on the street, you will never see a woman dressed in, say, jeans, a dress, or even a business suit. Abayas only!

  4. Geogypsy says:

    I think it’s cool that the men, and women, wear their own traditional clothing. Although I’d like to think they could as easily choose to dress in western wear. I guess that’s because I wouldn’t want to dress in the traditional woman’s wear all the time.

    Thanks for sharing. It’s so interesting to see your world.

  5. thankyou for telling about the clothes

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