Reinventing the thobe: Traditional Arab menswear gets a style upgrade

04 Hatem Alakeel
CNN  — 

Saudi Arabian fashion designer Hatem Al-akeel is making his name by giving the traditional Arab thobe a makeover. Called a dishdasha in Oman and Kuwait, and a kandoura in the United Arab Emirates, the thobe is a long-sleeved, ankle-length tunic. Often teamed with a colorful cotton keffiyeh headdress, it’s standard formal attire in the Arabian Peninsula – the equivalent of a Western-style suit.