A region’s clothes and fashion is always influenced by its history, climate, and religion. Clothing is an expression of its unique culture and heritage. And Dubai is no exception to this rule. Even though it is one of the most progressive cities in the Middle East, a large population in the city still wears traditional Arabic clothing on a daily basis.
Traditional men’s clothing in the UAE is dominated by three items: the thobe, the keffiyeh and the agal.Thobe (also gandurah, dish-dasha, and kandura) is a loose, white, ankle-length robe worn by men. Originally used as a protection from the harsh rays of the sun, keffiyeh or ghutrah is a headscarf used by men in the UAE. The agal is a black band that’s used to keep the keffiyeh in place.
If you're in Dubai and looking to buy traditional men’s clothing, Al Madani Tailoring is definitely the place to visit.
Al Madani Tailoring – A Class Apart
Founded in 1965, Al Madani Tailoring, at level 1 of Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, is one of the foremost tailoring brands in the Middle East. The company is well-known for its superior tailoring, high-quality garments, and innovative designs. In fact, Al Madani’s reputation is such that it counts even members of the royal family among its clients.
One item that rocketed the name Al Madani into fame was its unique custom-made thobes that were designed and embroidered to match individual tastes and styles. Al Madani set itself apart by its attention to detail and impeccable tailoring, realized by skilled craftsmen and tailors from across the world. Al Madani’s garments are created using the finest quality of products sourced from countries like United Kingdom, Japan, Switzerland and India.
Al Madani has grown from strength to strength over the past 50 years. Known today as the Al Madani Group of Tailors (AGMT), the company operates 10 stores spread across the UAE and its product portfolio has expanded to include multiple brands across a range of product categories like shamagh, ghutra, aqal, cap, cufflinks, baniyan and alwar.
As the saying goes, while in Rome, do as the Romans do. So while you are in Dubai, walk into Al Madani and get attired in traditional Arabian wear.