Policing fashion in France and Saudi Arabia

Oh you brave and lucky person!  Having the abayas ahead of time is a great plan.  You will notice that, when you board the plane to Jeddah, many of the women will be wearing "regular clothes" and then will change into their full Abaya and hijab when they are 1-2 hours away from landing.

Anyways, to respect local customer, it is a good idea to wear the abaya off the plane.  As a non-Muslim, you are not required to cover your head or your face.  This is very important - it is your right as a non-Muslim to not cover your head - covering your face is not a requirement at all.  However, due to the sensitivity of current politics and religion, I would recommend that you cover your head. Black is the most traditional color, but any dark color would be ok.

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