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A bawab or bewab (Arabic: بواب‎‎ bawwāb  pronounced [bæwˈwæːb], "doorman") is a doorman, common throughout Egypt. A bawab's job is to take care of the house to which they are assigned. Bawabs are usually male and wear a gallabeya (a type of kaftan), a native Egyptian dress. Bawabs are also usually from southern Egypt. Their salary is determined and paid by residents of the house or the residential building.

The bawab has been described by the BBC as a security guard, porter, enforcer of social mores and general snoop, all rolled into one.[1]


  1. ^ Dinham, Tom (2012-10-28). "The doormen policing Egypt's morals". BBC News. Retrieved 2017-06-08.