Buying a souvenir of Oman can be problematic, with a key question ‘is it authentic’? John Kerry was seen shopping for gifts in Mutrah Souq with lots of advice givers, emphasising the problem of choosing carefully. However one area has been dealt with today the Omani dishdasha – Oman’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry have today issued details to support a Ministerial Decision issued last year.
You can choose from Five approved designs of Oman’s distinctive ‘Dishdasha’; the ‘Common dishdasha’ is the style used from Muscat through to around the Nizwa area. Though there are Five designs the style called ‘Abu Shaq’ with the short sleeves is a very casual design, I use it as a sleeping gown. Simplifying the choice further, the Ministry have also specified the fabric to be used and embroideries featured.