Abayas have a very important role to play in the daily life of an Arabwoman. Abayas are often seen as a symbol of a woman's devotion to her culture and her faith. In the Arab world, a woman in an abaya is held in great esteem, respected for her modest beauty and her refined taste.
Even in the 21st Century, abayas have retained their status as a garment of cultured elegance. The modern abaya is designed to be functional and fashionable, without compromising on traditional values. Below we explorea few stores,located at the leading malls of Dubai, thatoffer both traditional and modern versions of abayas to cater to the varied needs of the Arab woman of today.
Hanayen is one of the foremost brands for sheilas and abayas in Dubai. Well known for their unique and exclusive designs, Hanayen's creations offer a modern twist to the traditional Arabian attire. In addition to their custom-made creations, Hanayen's collections feature sheilas and abayas in a variety of elegant designs and styles to reflect every woman's individuality and taste. Founded in 1990 in Dubai, the brand has grown exponentially over the years and today operates 12 retail stores across the UAE and 2 stores in Oman.
Over the last three decades, Al-Motahajiba has become one of most well-known fashion brands among Arab women. The brand is famous for its ability to marry traditional Gulf styles with modern trends in fashion. Al-Motahajiba offers a wide selection of fashionable indoor and outdoor clothing for Arab women. Al-Motahajiba not only designs its own creations, but also manufactures them. Today, the brand operates over 36 branches in the Middle East, out of which 10 are in the UAE.
Dar Al Kashkha
Kashkha" translates to "elegant" in English.The brand is very popular among Arab women for its flowing fabrics with intricate handwork, sophisticated prints and embellishments that represent the rich Arab heritage and legacy. The brand combines traditional and contemporary trends to create affordable, stylish and modest designs for the modern Arab woman.To maintain its assured level of quality, Kashkha's creations are manufactured at the brand's own facilities using high-quality hand-picked fabrics from across the world. Today, Kashkha has an extensive distribution, sales and retail networkspread across 4 continents.
So, if you're in Dubai for a day of shopping and looking to pick an abaya or any other traditional Arab wear for women, you know where to go.