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In this Dec. 24, 2010 photo, an Emirati woman in traditional dress covers a colorful gown with an abaya during the Al-Dhafra festival close to Madinat Zayed, about 150 kilometers southwest of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The traditional abaya is loose and is meant to cover another dress while women are in public. Just a few years ago, Gulf Arab women usually only felt comfortable showing off their fashion sense at ladies-only parties or family gatherings. In public, at least in their home countries, the standard all-black abaya _ a simple floor-length covering and accompanying head scarf _ was the only culturally accepted option. But now a new generation of abaya designers are giving the traditional garment a twist with choices of fabric, designs and even some expensive bling to allow Gulf women a host of style options.  (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

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