Local Dress

Hail’s climate of mild summers and cold winters is reflected in the local dresses. Light white clothes worn by men will reflect sunlight in the summer cooling down body temperature, and dark heavy clothes in the winter provide warmth to the wearer. Men’s customary dress is a regular Saudi Thobe with long sleeves, paired with a Shimagh in the winter or Ghatra in summer, and a skullcap underneath, besides a double band cotton ring to hold the headgear in place.  A vest is normally worn over the Thobe by men. Women however wear a long dress extending from the neckline to the feet as well as an Abayah over the dress, whenever leaving their houses. Bedouin women wear delicately cotton burkas, a scarf to cover their faces as well as around their heads.

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