"I think that the way that we live, and the way that they live, are quite similar, so they have a huge interest in Malaysian-developed fashion brands."
Evening gowns and formal wear are the most popular types of clothing, said San, who launched his first boutique in Kuala Lumpur in 1996.
Mainly Muslim is a favorite holiday destination for wealthy Gulf Arabs and the country, seeking to boost its tourism revenues, is going all out to welcome them. The government expects tourist arrivals from the Middle East to hit a record 300,000 figure this year, almost double the figure of last year.
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Melinda Looi, another established Malaysian designer, said Middle Eastern clients were drawn to her couture line because of its intricate designs and detailed handiwork.