Tuesday 25 November 2008 (28 Dhul Qa`dah 1429)

      The Gulf tourist
      Khaled Al-Sulaiman I Okaz 
      IF you happen to travel abroad, look at foreign tourists and compare him 
with those from the Arab Gulf region. The foreign tourist will most likely plan 
his trip day by day while the Gulf tourist will have no ready program but will 
leave it to work out itself day after day and hour by hour.

      The foreign tourist is keen to visit museums, as well as historical and 
tourist sites while the Gulf tourist will roam through markets, sit in cafes 
and hang out where other Arab Gulf tourists hang out.

      The foreign tourist will be fatigued by his daily activities while the 
feet of the Gulf tourist will be tired from his walk in the markets; his 
stomach will ache from too much food and his eyes will be dazzled by observing 
his other fellow Gulf tourists.

      For the foreign tourist, the vacation is a rare opportunity to learn 
about the lives, traditions and cuisines of other people. For the Gulf tourist, 
the vacation is a chance to meddle in the lives of other Gulf tourists who 
happen to be with him in the same place. It is also an opportunity for him to 
forget his traditions and values. Ironically, the Gulf tourist is usually 
looking for the very Arab food that he left at home.

      The foreign tourist will live within a limited budget and control his 
expenses. The Gulf tourist will spend all the money in his pocket and may 
return home broke or in serious debt.

      The foreign tourist will return home dragging behind him a single 
suitcase while the Gulf tourist will be pulling at least 10 after him.

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