This past week on December 2nd, citizens of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) celebrated the 45th year of their beloved country. The yamn al watani ommemorates the anniversary of the unification of the seven emirates way back in 1971 and is celebrated through grand events such as fireworks, car rallies and dance shows throughout the country. People will usually dress up in UAE national flag colors, decorate their homes, workplaces, cars and streets to celebrate this annual holiday.
With all these events taking place, what's a girl to wear? Gulf News recently interviewed high-profile designer Noora Al Alawi on the one-of-a-kind abaya she created.
Priced at Dh1600, this abaya was made to stand out on this special day. Breaking away from the usual red and green color palettes, she opted for a white abaya adorned with a black silhouette of the Dubai skyline, hence it's name, Skyline 45. The white she says represented "...a symbol of the futuristic dream of Dubai when it comes to architecture and landscape, that impossible is nothing, while keeping the humility and purity of a nation that is rich in tradition culture". She continued describing this limited edition abaya as "simplicity with an unfailing touch of elegance and purity".
While this design was festive, this abaya is simple enough that it can also be worn to events other than National Day. Who says one can only show their National pride a few days out of the year? Although the National day has passed, this abaya is still available to purchase until December 15th. Noora Al Alawi is certainly talented. Check out her other collections of abayas on her Instagram account at @nunaatelier. Nuna Atelier is located in the Al Sayyah Building in Dubai.
What do you think about this National Day abaya? Comment below!
Happy 45th National Day UAE!