Weekend Snapshot – Boys in Dishdashas in Muscat, Oman

As many parts of the Middle East rock in the midst of seismic political shifts, most of this region remains at quietly at peace, unchanged and unchanging, lives marching forward as usual, dreams and plans intact, traditions untouched.

One of the aspects that touches me most about the Middle East, particularly the Persian Gulf countries, is that they hold tightly to traditions dating back to the ancient world. One of the most obvious signs of their traditional way of life is the dress of the men, who instead of pants and shirts don robes, the attire of centuries gone by. This manner of dress begins in childhood and continues forever. Indeed, one of my favorite sights in the Persian Gulf is of little boys wearing their country’s traditional dress.

Here’s two young boys I spotted wearing their tradiitional dress at a souq in Muscat, Oman, during my first trip to the country in 2009. I wish I could see a sight like this every day.

Two little boys in Dishdashas walking through a souq in Muscat, Oman

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  1. I love how images we take from our travels continue to make us dream… I have a similar photo I hold close from Syria, it’s blurred and grainy but speaks volumes.

  2. Sabina says:

    Hi Corinne, I have tons of shots from Oman which I just adore, but I think this falls in the top five.

  3. Anad says:

    let me warmly thank you for this wonderful intro of Gulf countries.
    this form of dressing in the above photo is well known in Pakistan and it is not a middle East form of dressing.

    I would like to share this to eliminate the ambiguity of cultural dresses. indeed your picture does represent “two young boys I spotted wearing their tradiitional dress at a souq in Muscat, Oman” but they are not Omani boys as we have our own for of dressing which is called Dishdasha. and it is the same from our childhood to our adulthood )

    following link will give you an idea what is Dishdasha looks like as i am sure you have spotted it during your visit :)



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