The white dishdashas
, the black abayas which I dearly respect and the henna on the ladies' hands when they checked my passport - every sight was welcoming.
Since the parade kicks off sometime in the afternoon, my brother and I have a quick bite, put on our Omani dishdashas
and flag-inspired masks, vests, and scarves, and then head to the petrol station to fill our tanks before starting our drive to the Sultan Qaboos Highway, where the joyful madness awaits.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Salalah Port Services Company will enable the women to showcase a range of artisan goods - such as bags, cushions, perfumed mini dishdashas
, T-shirts, bowls and bookmarks - to visitors from cruise and military ships, according to a company release.
They had made customised dishdashas
for the Abu Dhabi crew with the movie logo on it, which I was able to get my hands on and got it autographed by Adams.
It has always been an amazing experience to see all our expatriate colleagues dressed in dishdashas
, the kuma or massar and the women in bright, colourful dresses sitting down to a traditional Omani feast.
Raymond is set to become a supplier of cotton dishdashas
Two years ago, the area around the lower Sukhumvit road had its 'Arab Quarter' with the occasional shisha cafes and kebab stands, but today the place is crammed with men in white dishdashas
and women with abayas who, during the day, have their therapy sessions in the huge Bumrungrad hospital complex, Southeast Asia's largest hub for medical tourism, and on the evening go for a shopping stroll.
There was no doubting the enthusiasm of the locals as a sea of white dishdashas
swamped Barzalona, Al Zarooni and, of course, Sheikh Mohammed in scenes reminiscent of the delirious winner's enclosure after Monty's Pass's National.
Spongebob backpack We also took a 20-minute drive into downtown Muscat to visit Muttrah Souk where spices, oils and frankincense hang in the air as stall holders and shopkeepers sell a selection of jewellery and traditional clothing such as dishdashas
and embroidered kumahs.
While the sales of readymade garments in the textiles shops have dropped, fabrics for abayas and dishdashas
continue to face robust demand, says Sayid of Abdul Karim Fandok Hasnhim Trading, a shop selling readymade abayas as well as fabric.
In the region's short, three- to four-month winter the typically white cotton dishdasha
is replaced by light wools and cashmere dishdashas
, with the season's trend influenced by the Gulf's monarchical rulers.
Everywhere traditional flowing dishdashas
are the clothes of choice, and there is not a mall in sight.