Abayas are often seen as a symbol of a woman's devotion to her culture and her faith. 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 explore a few stores, located at the leading malls of Dubai, that offer both traditional and modern versions of abayas to cater to the varied needs of the Arab women 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 over the years and currently operates 12 retail stores across the UAE and 2 stores in Oman.
Phone: + 971 4 2843666
Opening Hours: 10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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 creations but also manufactures them. Today, the brand operates over 36 branches in the Middle East, out of which 10 are in the UAE.
Phone: +971 4 2840046
Opening Hours: 10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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 handpicked fabrics from across the world. Today, Kashkha has an extensive distribution, sales and retail network spread across four continents.
Phone: +971 4 284 0440
Opening Hours: 10:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Abu Hail Centre
Walk into Abu Hail Centre for the largest collection of traditional Arabian wear, with shops selling abayas, kaftans, accessories and more. Located in the busy streets of Deira, it’s a bargain hunter’s paradise. The in-house tailors will even make alterations and stitch a new one to suit your fit, style, and taste.
Location: Al Quds Street, Hor Al Anz East, Deira, Dubai
Phone: + 971 4 2669600
09:00 AM - 01:00 PM (Saturday - Thursday)
04:00 PM - 10:00 PM (Saturday - Thursday)
04:00 PM - 10:00 PM (Friday)
Patronized by pop icons like Kendall Jenner, Khloe Kardashian and other high-end fashion bloggers, Nuna Atelier’s client list features A-list celebs from around the world. Nuna’s range of abayas adds that hint of style to traditional wear. You can even have your abaya tailor-made to your style preference. A popular piece is an abaya made from the fouta and keffiyeh materials, which are available in dip-dyed colours.
Location: Al Sayyah Building, Sheikh Zayed Road Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Phone: +971 4 340 9100
Opening Hours: 10:00 AM - 07:00 PM
A beautiful marriage of Japanese style statement and Emirati elegance, Chika blends the style and structure of the Japanese kimono to abaya fashion. Their line features avant-garde kimono abayas, traditional kimonos and print dresses. Boasting a clientele, which includes the Emirati royalty, Chika’s take on abaya fashion is fresh and one-of-a-kind.
Location: CHI-KA GALLERY SHOP, Alserkal Avenue H69 | Al Quoz 1, Al Manara Exit 43 | 17th Street, Dubai
Phone: +971 50 744 5911/ +971 4 345 0000
Opening Hours: 11:00 AM - 07:00 PM
That’s not all; most abaya labels have online stores nowadays. Websites like http://3abaya.com have a vast collection for you choose from.
Now you know where to head to buy the abaya that suits your taste and budget.