Saudi officials in missions abroad asked to wear national dress

Saudi Arabia Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir speaks at a news conference at the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Washington. (AP )

Saudi officials representing the Kingdom abroad have been told to wear the formal Saudi dress consisting of the thobe (garment), qutra, (head dress), iqal (head ribbon) and mishlah (traditional overcoat).

Those working in missions abroad have to be in their national dress when attending conferences, meetings or giving TV interviews, Saudi Gazette reported quoting official sources, who said all senior officials have received these instructions.

The reason cited behind the move for sticking to an official dress code was to boost Saudi identity.

It may be recalled that there was a similar move two years ago, when Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Naif, deputy premier and minister of interior, had issued directives that Passports Department (Jawazat) officers should wear national dress instead of the green uniform.

An official had explained at that time that it was very important “that the first contact of foreigners arriving into the Kingdom or their last contact with Saudi officials be with people who represent the genuine Saudi national identity.”

The article was first published in the Saudi Gazette on July 14, 2016.

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