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The white full length robe worn by Emiratis is known as a dishdash or dihdasha. It is worn with a headdress called a keffiyeh.

The traditional keffiyeh in the UAE is white and is held in place by a black cord known as an agal, which Bedouins once used to secure camels. Many younger Emiratis prefer a white and red keffiyeh and avoid using the agal.

Women wear a black coloured robe called an abaya with a head scarf known as a Shayla. It is becoming increasingly rare to see plain abaya.

The dress has undergone a fashion revolution; many are embroidered and embellished with beads or even Swarovski crystals.

You will also spot more traditional (and older) Arab women wearing a burka – a long, loose garment covering the body from head to toe.