I read and listened to a fascinating interview today on the BBC online magazine with Princess Basma Bint Saud Bin Abdulaziz, daughter of King Saud, the former ruler of Saudi Arabia. She tells the BBC of the many changes she would like to see in Saudi Arabia.
Now the reason that this caught my eye (and ears) more than perhaps it would were I still living in the UK is obviously because of my location here in Dubai. As a woman I am always fascinated by the Arabic ladies I see. They certainly have a superior air about them and they look so elegant as they float around in their abayas. Often these long flowing black robes are tastefully decorated with sequins to achieve some individuality and I always check out their shoes. Often this is the only other piece of ‘clothing’ on show, so shoes are another way that they can make a statement. And of course the designer bag is de rigeur.
I’m always keen to catch a glimpse of what lies beneath and am often slightly disappointed to see that they are actually wearing ‘normal’ clothes like jeans and t-shirts. It spoils the mystery somewhat.
But the women who fascinate me the most, are those completely covered up wearing the burqa or niqab. Either only their eyes are visible or nothing at all. I cannot help but wonder what they think of it all; what they think of me and wonder if they wish they could simply drink a cup of coffee in public by putting the cup straight up to their lips without having to grapple with a veil.
When a group of five, six or more ladies are in a Mall together, wearing either abayas or burqas, laden with designer bags and accompanied by usually just one man, the chances are very high that they are from Saudi Arabia.
This interview gave me a further insight into their lives. If you're a woman, interested in how other women live, take a look at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17446
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I set up this blog to reveal what real life is like here in the UAE - the good and the bad. I'll chat about what I've been up to, Dubai news and developments, my thoughts about expat life here (and in general) and reports about my holidays and adventures in the region (travel is my bag after all).