French handball team in traditional Qatari clothes
The French Men's Handball team received a unique token of intercultural friendship when they were presented with complete sets of the elegant Qatari national dress by Al Siddiqi Holding, through its home-grown Qatari Men's fashion brand Al Shal.
The event was held yesterday at the Intercontinental the City, Doha, to mark the end of the 24th Men's Handball World Championship that took place in Qatar in January 2015, in which the French team emerged the winners.
The Qatar National Handball team itself posted a historical performance in the tournament, becoming the first-ever Arab team to qualify in the finals of the Handball World Championships and secure the Silver medal.
The French team members – both players and support team composed of close to 30 people – received the full set of traditional Qatari attire that is composed of a Thob (long tunic), a Ghotra (local head dress), a Serwal (traditional trouser), a Taqia (skull-cap), and an Iqal (rope).
The attire was completely made to measure in Qatar by Al Shal. Mahmood Almahmood, director of Al Shal, helped the players to dress up and explained how each piece of the outfit should be worn.