Souq Waqif
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A Place to Buy the Qatari National Dress
No matter what you are looking for in Doha, chances are, you’ll end up in Souq Waqif. The place is not only good for Middle Eastern restaurants, henna artists, shisha cafes and antiques; the souq is also the ideal place to buy oud (incense and perfume) and any of the traditional forms of Qatari national dress. For women: the long black cloak is called abaya; the traditional day dress is a djellabia; the head covering is called shayla. For men: the long white tunics are called thobes, the crocheted or embroidered cap worn under the headdress is called gahfeya; the white or checkered headdress is called ghutra, and the black ring that holds the headdress in place is called egal. Now that you know the names for everything, go get yourself a national dress.
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