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    Meet the Designing Women of the Desert

    Don’t let the abaya fool ya. While many traditional Arab women wear this robe-like cloak, “we’re just like all women around the world,” says young Qatari designer Bekita Ahmed. She’s referring to their love of fashion and trends, and the abaya itself is becoming a high fashion ticket. It’s also a favorite starting point for new designers, part of a newly educated generation of women in the Persian Gulf who are transforming style and launching entrepreneurial ventures that are already capturing the imagination of the world’s fashion elite.

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