It’s 1 p.m. in Doha and you’ve taken refuge in the shady corridors of the country’s most traditional market oppressive and persistent heat that is experiencedLike almost every day in the city.
In Souk WakifAn old shopping center offering everything from gastronomy to souvenirs, clothing and animals for tourists who flocked to Qatar to experience the World Cup They gather in shops that sell specific clothes to dress up like the locals.
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Here No fitting room or multiple vendors to advise size or color wise: There is only one person, sitting at the door of a small shop, who gives appropriate and necessary answers about the price, model and quality.
Qatari men, like Saudis living in the country, They dress in a unique garment called Thobe. A long white tunic that covers the entire body from the wrists to the ankles, which helps reflect the sun and withstand the high temperatures outside.
The upper half of the thobe is made like a shirt, which It is generally worn not fitted and reaches till the ankle. Under this some men wear pants of the same color as the thobe, as well as baggy.
In Souk Wakif, Thobe can be obtained from 60 Qatari riyals ($16 – 5520 pesos). Of course, to this we must add another fundamental piece of clothing, which goes on the head and generally distinguishes Qataris from Saudis.
difference in clothes
in qatar they call it hat and in Saudi Arabia Candle, Qatari use this “Dupatta” only in white color, in various models, with a uniform black cord that adjusts the garment over the head. Whereas, Saudi Arabia They usually wear it in red color or they can change it in this meaning.
in the market, This garment is available from 50 Qatari riyals ($13 – 4485 pesos)However if you get the full combo, and you have the patience to haggle, The price can go as low as possible until you can buy both items for between $20 and $25 (6900 – 8625 pesos).
Souq waqf vendors explain that one of the details that differentiates Qataris from Saudis is found in Thobe’s design, which is usually made in China or Japan. Qataris use every last button turned lapel down, while Saudis leave the last button blank and do not wear lapels.
“You can come to the most exclusive malls in Qatar and get Same garment for 300 Qatari riyals ($83 – 28635 pesos), but really you are only paying for the exclusivity of the brand or the location. We buy our clothes in Souq Waqif. It’s that quality,” he explained. AhmedA Qatari businessman who admitted to looking for tickets to see the next match of the Argentina national team.
The man said: “It’s not clear what you use on your feet, how it relates to comfort and what the person wants to wear. It can be shoes, sneakers or sandals. anything can be used,
Ahmed finishes: “If you think about it, pay $20 or $25 for this whole piece. It’s much cheaper than a day’s worth of food in Doha. Do what you want to do. If you go to a restaurant or shop at the supermarket, you’re going to spend a lot more than that.”
Video and Production: Lele Heredia.
Editing: Natalia Cavalos.
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