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Dresses, wigs draw Arab women shoppers at Wanasa.

By Joey Aguilar/Staff Reporter While a variety of items can be bought from the Wanasa Entertainment City, ladies' dresses made in different countries like China, Egypt, Jordan and Thailand seemed to be the most appealing for Arab shoppers.

Sold at reasonable prices, hand-made Jordanian dresses have attracted Algerian and some Arab women because of their unique and artistic design.

Wafa Kazi, a former expatriate in Doha for more than 6 years, told Gulf Times that she was fascinated and amazed with the details and how the finished material was made.

"Jordan has a different culture and tradition which is obviously reflected on how the dress looks like. And I really like the colours," she said.

Besides the scarf, Kazi also bought her mother a dress which the latter plans to wear when her husband returns from Umrah in Saudi Arabia.

The IT professional, who now lives in Canada, disclosed that she often buys native clothes from different countries in the Middle East and in Asia.

The scarf costs around QR400 but the salesman has given her a huge discount. Women's dresses range from QR700 to QR1,500.

One of the sales representatives said the prices were reasonable since it takes about three months for a worker to finish a "Queen Rania-inspired" dress. Made of high-quality cotton and polyester, he assured buyers that the material is durable and offers more comfort than other apparel sold in the market.

Meanwhile, dresses made in China and Thailand had long been a favourite with many Qatari and other Arab women. Edorne, a saleslady of a Dubai-based dress shop, considers it as the "old Jalabiya".

She sells her products at QR75 per piece while some items are sold for as low as QR35.

"They like its soft fabric, it is very light and they feel comfortable wearing it. Many of them would buy as much as QR700 to QR1,000 without asking for discounts," she said. "When they see new designs, they will ask me to give them all the sizes." Although most of her customers for the past three days were Qatari women, many expatriates like Indians, Pakistanis, and Egyptians also buy these items from the stall owned by a Filipino trader.

Many Arab women were also seen buying Kuwait-made clothes in one of the shops. Pegged at QR300, the dresses were designed elegantly with colours like gold, black, white and gray.

Shopping spree for women was not limited to apparel. A Thai shop which sells colourful wigs also attracted shoppers.

Jah, a Thai saleslady, said her customers want to have new styles for their hair. Those with thin hair wear a wig to make it thicker and to look more fashionable. Her shop also sells contact lenses and beauty products.

In another stall, leggings and night dresses have become appealing to shoppers. "It is comfortable to wear especially during this hot season," said a Chinese saleswoman.

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