Video: Black Chick in Saudi: My Abaya

This is a video about me shopping for an Abaya in Saudi Arabia.  You can read the entire story here:  Black Chick in Saudi  The thing is, most “western” women (who aren’t Muslim) who move to Saudi Arabia, has to get used to the concept of the abaya.  I think the reason for this is that it represents everything that women in the west have fought hard against.  But, if you live in an Islamic country, you gotta get over yourself, which I did.  So, this video kinda is about me getting over myself, and you may learn a little something about how the abaya should be worn.


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About Terri Lundberg

Terri Lundberg is an American expat currently residing with her husband in Saudi Arabia, but she calls Seattle and San Diego home. She’s a travel writer, an avid photographer and is a resource and cross cultural trainer to expats relocating to Saudi Arabia. She's been to 100 destinations, 30 countries, and counting.


  1. Does it get hot wearing it?

  2. Terri Plez says:

    lol, when it it’s hot here it doesn’t matter what you’re wearing – it just hot! 25 years ago when I used to dress in a way that exposed my skin, I got heat rashes sometimes and of course direct sunlight will make you hot. Covering the skin as an abaya does will keep you from feeling the heat of the direct sunlight and of course protect your skin to some degree. Another nice thing about wearing an abaya is that because it is not form fitting, the wind blows right through it.