Abayas are simple, loose robe-like garments, commonly worn by Muslim women in the Middle Eastern region.
Abayas are usually and traditionally black, covering the whole body except the head, feet, and hands. They are worn to perform prayers, day-to-day activities, and even worn on special occasions. They are worn and designed differently, depending on the country.
In recent years, abayas have become more stylish, fashionable and luxurious. They are now more colourful, designed in brighter colours such as white, pink, beige, nude and more. Abayas are for all – Muslims and non-Muslims, so if you’re a non-Muslim, don’t be afraid or be shy to buy an abaya.
The prices of abayas vary depending on their style and design. It could cost anything between QAR200 to QAR3,000. There are ready-made abayas, but you can also design your own.
There are various places to shop for abayas in Qatar, and you can bargain too!
Souqs and Malls
Souqs are the most common shopping destinations for abayas, especially if you’re looking for affordable ones. In addition to Souq Waqif, there is Souq Al Dira, Souq Al Asiery, Souq Faleh, Souq Al Jabor, Souq Al Ali and more.
Most malls have abaya shops, housing branches of Al Motahajiba, the popular upscale, premium fashion brand for abayas, jalabiyas, sheilas and accessories. The best malls for abaya shopping are Wathnan Mall, Ezdan Mall, Tawar Mall, Royal Plaza and Q Mall.
Al Shafi Street
Al Shafi Street is a popular shopping street in Al Rayyan near the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club (QREC). You can find several restaurants as well as car and phone shops, and various gold and local abaya shops.
Al Gharrafa Street
Al Gharrafa Street in Al Gharrafa is between Al Khafji Street and Shamal Road. It’s a shopping street where you can find restaurants, phone shops, and dozens of local abaya shops.
Al Aziziya Street
Al Aziziya Street is along Al Waab Street in Al Rayyan and a popular shopping destination for dining as well as shopping. Here, you can find dozens of local abaya shops.
There are many other places to shop for abayas across the country. However, the destinations mentioned above are a good place to start, and you’ll most likely find what you’re looking for. You’ll also find many local and regional abaya designers on social media especially Instagram. When it comes to abaya shopping, your choices are endless. Start shopping now!
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