Sunday, March 15, 2009

Abu Dhabi Greetings

If you were a Chinese woman living in Abu Dhabi like me, you are likely to hear the following greetings from strangers:

- During the day in taxis or streets or restaurants, it could be "Where you from?", "Where you working?" and/or "Married?" A complete stranger even went as far as stopping me in the middle of street and asked, "Are you Malaysian?"
- In the streets at night it's often "How much?"

They are in your face and there is no running away from them. The best I've learnt to do is to ignore them. I've become stranger-unfriendly.

1 comment:

Meg said...

In Dubai you can get deported for "randomly addressing a woman in the street". I wonder if it is the same in Abu Dhabi?