Abaya or Not in al Khobar

dsc_0106 When we first got here we went to Hyper Panda without abayas and felt pretty conspicuous. I have a post on here about that expereince. Of course with three pretty girls we would have gotten attention anyway. We got abayas and wear them to the malls and downtown Khobar. In the summer an advantage was we could wear next to nothing under them and have some relief from the heat. (For that purpose get an abaya that closes in the front or have it sewn closed like we did) Some ladies never wear abayas in Khobar. They wear a long dress with long sleaves or a long top that covers the hips and long sleaves. Yesterday I went to town with two ladies who did not wear abayas and as I had on long jeans and a big sweat shirt and was traveling by taxi and just running in here and there (and it was cool yesterday morning) I felt OK without the abaya. Many ladies around here said they never wore abayas before 9/11. The abayas let them blend in a bit more and if you had a scarf (which the westerners rarely wear) you can almost dissapear if you need to. My neighbor who never wears an abaya but dresses very conservativley has been here almost 30 years and in that time has been approached by matawa only in Dammam and only 5 times. I’ll post a photo of my girls and I in our “go to town clothes”.

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15 Responses

  1. hi there,

    welcome to Middle East

    check up my blog

    http://abbaya.blogspot.com/

  2. Wonderful! Interesting! Wow!
    You are really experiencing world culture!
    Thank you for your Christmas card and wishes.
    I’m doing great, healthwise. Come visit me in Lewiston, Idaho. Bernie was here for New Years.
    I pray this New year brings you all the spiritual blessings you long for and many other surprises.
    Love,
    Carm

  3. Americans or Westerners can get away with anything including not wearing Abayas. The Mutawas will never slap their faces.

  4. Would a Mutawa slap your face!?

  5. Yes, they would normally slap the faces of ladies who do not wear abaya. You’re lucky if you’re just slapped and would not end in jail. In some instances, their hairs are pulled by the mutawas. They’d even slap the faces of young men who wore shorts.

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  7. NO!
    people in saudi arabia wear abayas if they want to ..
    and people around the world when they come, they just wear it in order to show respect for saudi’s
    and btw saudi women wear abayas and hijab becuse they are muslims ..
    no one go to jail, and no one can slap you in the face if you did not wear abaya 🙂

    if theres any question about such things like that, contact me.

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  9. hello everyone, how how is everyone?

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  12. i agree with nJay or nlay .. about the point that western people can wear abaya when ever they want to … no one can force them in wearing it not ever the mutawas .. because i’m saudi and i didn’t ever seen in my entire life mutawas slap an foregin women because of not wearing abaya .

  13. and i wish all of you who wants to visit saudi arabia to have a nice and beautiful days there.

  14. cute! thank you.

    you can also read it in my car blog

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