Monday, September 21, 2015

Khaleeji style {countries of the Arabian Gulf}

... we'll be wearing beautiful clothes, adorn ourselves with fine gold jewelries, have chai and gahwa (tea and coffee), burn bakhoor and, as the fragrant fumes ascend, will dance to the hypnotyzing rythms of khaleeji music (switch on a player in the very bottom , enjoy sweets and mouthwatering khaleeji dishes, trace over whimsical henna patterns on our hands and feet...Well, in a word, you are welcome to my virtual Hafla! (=a social get-together, a party, in Arabic) [all photography via instagram & tumblr]
image credit: SHOT IN BAIT YADOOH RESTAURANT-COFFEE SHOP IN ABU DHABI. FEATURING A CUSHION AND AN iPHONE CASE FROM AMINA AL ABBASI. The skirt! Surprisingly! Don't you think these bright floral patterns that we love resemble so much Russian traditional prints used in PAVLOVO POSAD SHAWLS?!
image credit: AN EMIRATI DESIGNER FATMA AL MULLA. BAKHOORI won't describe what is it, as Wikipedia has done it very well already: - [In most Arab countries, bakhoor is the name given to scented bricks. These scented chips/bricks are burned in incense burners to perfume the home and clothing with a rich thick smoke. This is used specifically on special occasions like weddings or on Fridays or generally just to perfume the house.]

image credit: MAHA ABAYA. + more on the bakhoor [The bukhoor is usually burned in a mabkhara, a traditional incense burner. It is customary in many Arab countries to pass bukhoor amongst the guests in the majlis (Arabic مجلس, meaning congregation). This is done as a gesture of hospitality.]
↕ ... how gorgeous are all khaleeji outfits - ABAYAS, BISHT and DARA'A?! Forever my style!
image credit: MAAKU ABAYAs.
If you want to see more of mesmerizing Khaleeji style clothes, check ⓜⓨ ⓢⓣⓨⓛⓔ Khaleeji board @ my Pinterest.

image credit: MO'AMAR SWEET BAKED RICE PIC + THE COOKBOOK BY A UAE BASED TV presenter, cookbook author, food stylist-photographer, ASSIA OTHMAN + check Assia's blog for some of her famous recipes


  1. I do want to come to your party, but I fear I have "nothing to wear." I would like to be
    be wearing one of the gorgeous skirts and sit beside the beautiful women. I know one place
    I better not sit and that is on one of the white chairs. I'd spill, for sure. LOL
    I can smell the aroma from the scented bricks. How delightful. How comfortable to be
    surrounded by pleasurable scents. Do we get a henna pattern on our hands,too.

    I noticed the spikey heels on the shoes in the picture with the black and gold dress. And
    the food and exquisite tableware. I wonder what is in the drinks in the pretty cups.
    All very enchanting, my dear. You certainly know how to throw a party. LOL

  2. Oh, Manzi my dear, you are mostly welcome!! :) I can imagine we could have a divine party together, and no white chairs! )) Yeah, those heels are crazy, poor feet! I can never wear such height. Yet, we, girls, have times when we just have to stand high! ;))
    Thank you for the wonderful comment! I feel as if we had really spent a joyful hafla together! :)