|Members of the Qatar Folklore Group performing at the Qatar National Theatre.|
The men, as shown above, are wearing the traditional clothing: thobe, a long white shirt over loose pants; ghutra, a loose headdress in white or red and white held in place by a black rope-like coil called ogaal. This traditional clothing is worn with much pride – in workplaces, and in schools where it is required. According to the online site QatarVisitor.com, the thobe, with its loose concealing folds, enables men to follow Mohammed’s injunction to be modest and to conceal the Awrah, the area between his navel and his knee.
Expat-residents and visiting foreigners are expected to dress in a manner sensitive to the Islamic culture.