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.