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Why I Love Emaratis & Omanis

During this little adventure of ours we had a vast experience across the UAE and crossing multiple times in Oman. It was an adventure of discovery and it was well worth it, going from city to city to get to the best riding roads I have ever been to. I have been riding in the best places in the US and honestly they do not hold a candle to the amazing locations in Oman & UAE. Aside from the roads and how clean everything was, every time we can to a security check point or interacted with them, the moment they found out we were Kuwaiti the tone totally changed and they were more then nice to us. And on the roads people would move aside 90% of the time and give us way, I mean every kind of person, we ran into a few idiots on the road but they were only 10% and were few and far apart compared to Kuwait who are 90% idiotic and rude on the road. I always knew Emaratis were nice people, and Omani’s were very respectful and kind as well but what happened to us was different then the normal situation

Omani Incident

During our ride I had a GoPro Camera mounted to my helmet, and as soon as we reached the Omani boarder heading to Khasab I switched it off but it was still mounted. When we got to the passport control, the officer asked about the camera and if it was recording, I told him it was mounted and switched off. I told him he could check if he would like but he said my word is more then enough for him. I know that it would have been a different situation if we were at the Saudi border. So after we crossed I switched on the camera and we went on our intense ride on the road by the sea on our way to Khasab which was breath taking. I saw an old sign that said military check point, but we didn’t think twice about since it looked old and we kept on pushing hard through the corners until around the next hill it turned out to be a full on military checkpoint with a small platoon of men. We slowed down quickly since we were coming in fast and they jumped on the road. Their captain came out quickly pointing at my helmet as I was slowing down, and they were talking to us sternly asking for IDs. Of course keep in mind that with our helmets on they have no idea who we are or where we are from. I had my passport with me and I was so thankful that I had that lovely blue passport with me. The moment they saw the color they said “Oh Kuwaitiyeen” and they relaxed right away, I was taking off my helmet and the captain came to me apologetically asking if my camera was recording I said yes since we were recording the ride. He said he is sorry but he didn’t want the check point showing up on the video and I said it wouldn’t be a problem, he asked if it would erase the whole thing I said yes and he apologized it didn’t take me 2 minutes to do that and I knew were gonna have a chance to hit those curves again. He argued with us to have coffee with him and food because of this, we spent 2 minutes on the security part and 10 minutes thanking him and excusing ourselves from stopping to keep on riding. They were more then nice to us and after that whenever a military vehicle saw us coming they would pull over to the side and let us pass. It was amazing, and when we rode back past them they stopped the cars and waved us through. Just because they knew we were Kuwaitis, what could anyone say, they went over and above being nice to us the moment they knew we were Kuwaitiyeen, I wish people were that nice in Kuwait.

Emarti Incident

Every time we went to somewhere new we would ask where is the best place to go to get some coffee and we usually get pointed to a nice mall, and a majority of them are nice. This was the fourth day on our trip and we were in Fujeirah, we went to a mall about 5 mins away called City Centre, very simple and pretty much all Al-Shaya’a brands so we stopped in Starbucks for a few cold drinks, and some of the guys wanted coffee. We were probably the only guys in jeans who were from the GCC, we sat there for a little while. Then one Emarati guy walked right up to us asking us how are we and if we were from Kuwait, at first I thought he knew one of the guys because of us very nice approach. We told him yes and from that point forward he told us we have to have dinner with him at his house, we thanked him and said we were still riding and he then said then coffee, you can’t just come to Fujeirah and not have coffee at my house. Honestly I was beyond surprise, what can you say to someone so nice, it was just something else. After we excused ourselves he gave us his phone number and said you aren’t familiar with the area and if anything happens and you need anything be sure to call me right away. What can you say to that, just extremely nice, I just couldn’t wipe the smile from my face. You can’t blame me for loving these people, not all Emaratis are like this but a lot of them are very kind.

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    couldn’t agree more, Emarities and Omanies are down to earth.

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    @hamad – Yes very much so!

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    to be honest omanies are very respectful loving people, i love them and their country. emaraties are clean hearted people modernising,but keeping the old traditions which make them proud arabs. bahrainis are down to earth helpful and clean people who have a special place in my heart. what happened to kuwaities? i think our government spoiled them to much! god bless

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    agree with you , they are amazing , during my eid vacation , i was in Banyan Tree Ras Alkhayma , an Emarti girl in know in Twitter only , kept insisting to invite me to her house , she thought i was scared cuz i don`t know her personally so she gave me her dad`s number and asked me to let my husband talk to him , I apologized to her and promised her that i will visit her again .

    mashalah I love them , I think we “Kuwaitis” are the only ones who are not friendly

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    @naser m – I agree with you 100%! The problem is that Kuwaiti’s get away with so much that a majority have gotten rude, its very sad! I do think Bahrainis are an amazing people too but this experience was just with Omani’s and Emaratis recently!

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    @Newq8bride – They are just very open and genuinely kind people, things have spiraled in Kuwait and people are just plain mean. Saudi has a bad thing going too, I think its just us two. They go above and beyond being nice!

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    reyayeel!!

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    Im not Emirati nor Omani but i am so happy to see this ^_^
    Actually i was born in Oman (and have that natural love for the country,ruler and the people) and now i live in the UAE(and i love this country a lot too!) so yeah :)

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    No surprises here. I agree with your view and the comments. We’ve lost our humility to visitors and often to one another. Omanis and Bahrainis are amazing people. Very humble and genuine. Emiratis are good but the Abu Dhabi crowd tend to be like us. I think sudden riches has something to di with it. We should learn to be more tolerant and… nice.

    Cool post and the adventure sounds amazing.

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    That’s cool if only we were nicer to each other as a country then I guess everything will be peachy!

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    I agree with you the Omani are the friendliest people in the GCC.
    UAE and Oman have the best riding roads in the world

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