Khaleejia said: Muhawar (مخور) is a traditional dress worn by women in the UAE and some neighboring khaleeji countries. In case of adult women when worn outside of the house it's covered by a black abaya. It can be worn daily in the house or for special occasions. Many local women buy new muhawarat for Eid al Fitr and Eid al Adha. It's the same type of dress the famous ladies from Freej cartoon wear:)
This loose dress has a simple cut and long sleeves. What distinguishes it is the beautiful embroidery on the chest and cuffs. Embroidery can be combined with beads, pearls, crystals, bows, crocheted elements. The price of such a dress varies depending on the fabric and embellishments. A nice muhawar can cost 100- 500 AED or more.
Of course not all Emirati women wear this dress nowadays. Some wear it from time to time, or for national holidays only. Others prefer to wear jeans and t-shirts, skirts instead. Yet there are still many families where the traditional dress is loved and respected.