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In this Tuesday, May 5, 2009 photo, young Emirati staff members in plain black outfits pass by a western woman visitor and a poster showing two Khaliji girls during the Arab Travel Market exhibition in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 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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