Hugely infuriating aspect of living in the ME - they know they are ******* you about and it seems to be their only reason for existing.
My Grandfather was the least judgemental man I've ever known - he served and worked all over the place. In his own turn of phrase, he said he enjoyed the many other peoples and cultures he came across, 'not so much' the Arabs - which if I were to translate that to normal speak, he thought them to be a massive bunch of cnuts.
Irony is I then worked out there for nigh on 15 years - within the first few I came to the same conclusion and decided to rinse them for as much as I could.
Yes and no in my experience. We used to stopover in Abu Dhabi and it was always painless. Jordan and Egypt are a bit disorganised but not actively obstructive. Dubai and Saudi are the kind of entries on your roster that make you wonder who you’ve upset in rostering.
Oddly enough, the locals mirror their officialdom. I think it’s a pride thing, the more bling a country wants to be, the more the Arabs have to rely on non Arabs to make it happen and that highlights their utter incompetence which hurts their pride. Fair one I suppose but if they bothered to look beyond the staggering hypocrisy that underpins their entire psyche, they’d find that they’d soon be able to run it all themselves.
Power comes in the form of oil. Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.