While the major export from the Middle East is oil, a number of countries in the region have also developed significant textile and apparel industries. Five of Iraq’s neighbors — Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait —export measurable amounts of apparel to the U.S. Jordan in particular has seen its exports grow sharply, since President Bush inked a free-trade pact with King Abdullah in September 2001.

This story first appeared in the February 11, 2003 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.