How to profile Arab tourists 101: Thobes and abayas

Saw those tourists at the mosque or shopping centres? Wonder which rich Arabic country they are from?

Here’s a quick guide for men:

And women:

(I believe the two images above are originally from Brownbook Magazone)

Of course, it takes no astute political scientist to note that the men are the ones who don traditional Arabic thobe (or thawb; which literally means shirt) anywhere they go. Generally the women Middle-Eastern tourists are almost always identifiable by their abayas. Others may wear some other long-sleeved attire. So if they are wearing the hijab, look at the head covering for clues.

What’s an abaya, you ask?

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Related post:

Of Veil and Oppression

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  1. #1 by Anonymous on 15 February 2012 - 9:49 am

    Assalamualaikum. I’m sorry I shared the link above without seeking prior permission. I’m new to Facebook and all these online blog, sorry

    • #2 by Raphé P. Soto on 15 February 2012 - 3:34 pm

      Salaam. No need to apologize. No permission needed for sharing.

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