Many expats think wearing the ghutra is part of tradition or culture, it’s actually much more than that. Arabs used to use it to protect the mouth and eyes from blown dust and sandstorms, centuries ago traveling on a camel the ghutra helped immensely. Today most don’t even know it serves as protection.
To my surprise many that wear the ghutra on a daily basis had no idea, since we have a dust storm every other weekend the ghutra comes in handy. I don’t know if the abaya is of any help for the ladies in that situation.
Photos courtesy of BBC & Al Anba News