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“Cross-Dressing” in Qatar – Girls in Thobes? Gutras? Egals?

When I read “Cross Dressing ‘on the rise in Qatar’ in today’s Gulf Times, the article below was totally not what I expected.

What do you think this ‘abnormal behavior’ might be? Girls wearing white thobes, with gutras and egals? Or girls wearing jeans? Girls wearing pants? Maybe girls wearing t-shirts, or pantsuits?

This article would be hilarious were it not so sad. The ‘abnormal’ girls are to be secretively counseled. That sounds very very scary to me.

Cross dressing ‘on the rise in Qatar’

As much as 70% of girls who have taken to cross dressing remain adamant and refuse to give up their abnormal behaviour, says a report published in the local Arabic daily Arrayah.

Quoting the director of the Abdullah Abdul Ghani centre for Social Rehabilitation in Wakrah, Buthaina Abdullah Abdul Ghani, the report says that the phenomenon of cross dressing seems to be on the rise in Qatar and other countries in the Arab world and abroad.

However, in Qatar it is not an alarming situation but efforts to redeem this misguided lot should continue persistently, she said.

The problem has to be tackled carefully and secretively since many of these girls refuse to come out of their closely knit circle. The centre had announced a programme of counselling for these girls.

Highlighting the reasons for the spread of this phenomenon she mentioned lack of parental control, programmes on the satellite channel that seek to encourage wrong values in life and the illusion of being independent in life.

This problem was the subject of a debate in the monthly Lakom al-Qarar TV programme a few months ago. The deputy chairman of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development said in his concluding remarks that this problem is a serious menace to society.

January 3, 2010 - Posted by | Community, Cross Cultural, Cultural, Doha, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Generational, Living Conditions, Qatar, Values


  1. once a male cross dresses he is seen as a female.
    The newspaper (probably) recognizes this fact and is now working backwards about how the girls are to be counseled secretively!!
    seriously…are women not allowed to wear pants in QLand?

    Comment by mentabolism | January 3, 2010 | Reply

  2. LOL as a little girl i used to get a kick out of running around the house in my dad’s dishdasha and qutra, with a drawn on moustache. I still have pictures!

    I’m guessing the situation here is pants :p They should have specified or at least out a picture.

    Comment by Enigma | January 3, 2010 | Reply

  3. Qatar women wear pants, jeans – they are modern! I can’t imagine where this is coming from, Mentabolism. Maybe Sudanese; you know there was a journalist arrested in the Sudan for wearing pants . . . And it occurs to me – didn’t women wear pants, the Indian style loose baggy pants with beautiful cuffs – in the days of the Ottoman empire? Don’t Omani women wear pants with beautiful cuffs today, traditional women? I think pants are modest, relative to skirts that can blow up in a gust of wind?

    Enigma, I bet you were ADORABLE! But what is scary to me here is why all of a sudden this label that wearing pants is ‘abnormal’. Women wearing pants is abnormal? Whoever this is makes it sounds like girls who wear pants are making an IMMORAL choice. “Abnormal” is a very strong choice of words. “Cross dressing?” LLLLOOOLLL, what century is this?

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 3, 2010 | Reply

  4. That’s just a badly written article to be honest, I am especially ‘irked’ by the comment about “the illusion of being independent in life”.
    It’s sad to read things like this.. I have nothing more to say except I hope you had a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    machelle xxx

    Comment by machelle | January 3, 2010 | Reply

  5. […] I notice, in this story from the Gulf Times, that women are a part of this program, and that they are wearing uniforms, and hijab, and that those uniforms are very modest and also that they are wearing pants. Please see the previous article. […]

    Pingback by Here There and Everywhere | January 4, 2010 | Reply

  6. For some reason when i read this headline yesterday, I assumed that the article would detail an increased incidence
    of men dressing as women. Boy, was I surprised! Weird article in many ways….just what IS it saying? I wish this was the most serious “menace to society” we have to deal with here.

    Comment by grammy | January 4, 2010 | Reply

  7. i wanna meet crossdresser in qatar

    Comment by anu lama | December 14, 2010 | Reply

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