At Saudi’s “Davos in desert’, foreign ladies avo
Numerous foreign ladies at Saudi Arabia’s Davos-style investment meeting have donned a myriad of colourful tunics, gladly preventing the austere black colored “abaya", an apparel until recently obligatory within the ultra-conservative nation.
Alongside Saudis in traditional gown and foreign men in ties and suits, ladies through the ranks of business and policy-making are visiting Saudi Arabia at any given time when their leader that is young is some striking reforms.
“this present year, we realized that a large amount of females aren’t using the abaya, " said Claire Zheng, who was simply representing a company that is chinese in “green energy" technology.
“they’ve been just like me — like today i am putting on an abaya easily available, such as this, " she told AFP, gesturing to her long purple tunic adorned with little luminous pearls.
She said she felt much more comfortable visiting Riyadh at time when “the abaya is not any longer obligatory", unlike past editions of the yearly Future Investment Initiative, the kingdom’s marquee event.
“Before then they were kind of reminding you kindly you have to wear it properly in public if some waiters saw you wearing this kind of abaya, with the colours and not covered up. […]