6 GCC Countries – 6 different types of Thobes

If you’ve moved into the GCC states, then you’ve just pushed yourself into a country that would exhibit a lot of different Gulf cultures and not just the country you are in.

The Gulf Countries include Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, and Kuwait. When you visit the parks or the malls in any of these countries, you’ll find men dressed throbs that are different from each individual. 

If you are living in any Gulf country, you must have realized that the thobe styles of all Gulf countries are a little different from each other. You can identify the national of a country with his thobe style.

01-Saudi: The Saudi Kanduras are quite tight fitted with a two or three button collar. They have short sleeves that use and need cufflinks.

The headwear is called Bint Al Bakkar which is quite tough to master, but if done so it gives a great look with a red and white checked gotra. There is some curiosity among people about what Saudis actually wear under thobe.

02-Emirati: These Kanduras have no collars but have long sleeves with tassels with matching embroideries on the shoulder. The headpiece is called teachers which are just thrown over the shoulders and is very simple and easy to achieve.

03-Kuwaiti: The Kuwaiti thobe is known as the Kuwaiti Kanduras which are noted for their high-quality use of a material featuring a one-button collar and a slim fit.

The head balance is made from taking the gotra at asymmetrical lengths, falling over the shoulder and throwing the ends over the head. The shape seems to be of a scale when you view it from the front.

04-Omani: These Kanduras do not have a collar and are shortly and loosely attached just above the breast and are often colorful.

The headwear is called a Mussar, unlike the Gotra which is found in the rest of the GCC which is embroidered with personalized patterns and details.

05-Bahraini: these kinds of Kanduras are again very loosely fitted with a soft shirt collar like the ones on a Kamiz. Some of these would feature shirt like pockets as well.

The headwear is called a butterfly which is an easy and elegant look. This allows the free movement of the neck, unlike most others that will restrain you.

06-Qatari: This is made from a shiny material and has a stiff tassel or shirt pocket. The headwear is called the Cobra because of the heavily starched to achieve a look that resembles the venomous snake.

Women Attire: Although it has been said by the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman that abaya is not necessary for women, Abaya is still the most important attire for women in Saudi Arabia. Just like men, we have also published an article on What do women wear under Abaya.

If you are looking for an Abaya for yourself, I think you should read some of the important Tips for Choosing Your Abaya. It will help you reach the correct decision.