• LOCATION 14 | On the road to Etihad: From street art to sweet treats

    Dubai Street Museum: Kandora or Thobe

    Turn left here.

    Now look up to your left, above the shopfronts. It’s directly above you – you might need to really lean back.

    Can you see the mural of a man rowing a boat?

    He's wearing a kandora, which is the traditional clothing of Emirati men. Even if you've only been in Dubai for a few hours, you've probably seen local men wearing kandora. But maybe you’ve heard it called by its other name, thobe?

    Either way, while this cotton robe is worn by men around the Arab world, it’s most common here, in the Gulf.

    Carry on walking to the next corner now.

    Every country in the region has a slightly different take on the kandora, but it’s almost always white. That’s because it goes back to Bedouin times, when life and warm temperatures in the desert made the colour a practical necessity. Kandoras are always made from airy, natural fabrics too, for the same reason.

On the road to Etihad: From street art to sweet treats