Cristiano Ronaldo wears traditional Saudi thobe and daqlah to celebrate Founding Day

Portuguese footballer also joins folk dance with teammates and wields ceremonial sword

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Cristiano Ronaldo wore a traditional white thobe as he celebrated Saudi Arabia's Founding Day โ€” and at one point sported an intricately embroidered navy blue and gold robe, or daqlah, over it.

The Portuguese footballer posted a video on Instagram of the celebrations with his Al Nassr teammates. โ€œIt was a special experience to participate in the celebration at Al Nassr FC,โ€ he said in the caption.

The video shows Ronaldo, who signed a two-year contract with the Saudi football club in December, drinking Arabic coffee and performing Ardah (a folk group dance) while wielding a ceremonial sword. It also shows him dancing with a Saudi flag over his shoulders.

Ever since the move, Ronaldo and his family have seemingly been enjoying their new lives in the Gulf, regularly embracing regional fashion and culture.

Last week, his son Cristiano Jr, 12, also wore a two-button collared Saudi thobe paired with a baseball cap, in a selfie posted by Ronaldo's mother Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro on Instagram.

Cristiano Jr wearing a traditional Saudi-style thobe and his grandmother. Photo: Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro / Instagram

A thobe, or thawb, is an ankle-length robe with long sleeves, commonly worn by men in the Gulf region. In the UAE, it is known as a kandura, while in Kuwait, Iraq and Oman it is sometimes called a dishdasha.

There are also subtle variations in style around the Gulf. The Saudi version is cut to be slim-fitting and has a collar with two or three buttons. It has sleeves with cuffs, so is designed to be worn with cufflinks. It is typically partnered with a headscarf, called a ghutra or kaffiyeh, which can be worn in many colours.

His wife, model Georgina Rodriguez, has also updated her style to suit their new lifestyle and has often been pictured wearing an abaya, teamed with chic items underneath.

During the Founding Day celebrations, Ronaldo also posed wearing a navy blue and gold daqlah, a robe that is also considered a national dress in Saudi Arabia. It is designed to be worn over a thobe.

The traditional-style robe was also worn by Queen Consort Camilla at the platinum jubilee event in June last year.

The dark blue robe with silver embroidery, which was created by Saudi designer Yahya Al Bishri, was actually a piece in King Charles III's wardrobe. It's believed to be a gift to the British monarch when he visited the Gulf country in the 1990s.

Scroll through the gallery below for images of Georgina Rodriguez's style

Updated: February 23, 2023, 8:12 AM
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