6 GCC Countries – 6 different types of Thobes

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.

Saudi Thobe

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. 

Emirati Thobe

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.

Kuwaiti Thobe

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.

Omani Thobe

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.

Bahraini Thobe

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.

Qatari Thobe

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.

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.