But if you’re a man… you’d better know your Thobe!
What’s a Thobe? A Thobe (Arabic Thawb) is the long white gown that boys and men wear that hangs down to their ankles. Actually, in this heat, they’re pretty comfy!
You also must know your headscarves. Commonly called a Keffiyeh (Arabic Shmagh) there are two types: The red and white Saudi Arabian Keffiyeh or the black and white Jordanian. Knowing the difference is helps get deeper into interacting within the diverse Saudi culture.
Another thing to know so you won’t freak out when you see men packing machetes around on their belts… is the Jambia. The Jambia (Arabic Janbiya) is the small dagger when above the age of fourteen wear in their belts as an accessory. There is also a Saifani, which is the Yemeni version, the hilt of the sword is important, usually made from rhinoceros horn, and shows the status of men in society.
Other head gear includes the Taqiyah, which is the muslim prayer cap, and the agal, which is the head rope that holds the Keffiyeh.