Three years ago I got "reunited" with a classmate from gradeschool thru some social networking site. After my former classmate found out I was "homecoming" from the Gulf, I was asked to bring some desert sand as souvenir/gift.
What people dont know about the Gulf countries or the Arab world is that they arent really land of cactus and home of camels. In fact, I need to travel an hour or 2 just to see a real desert.
Here's what the Arabs say... "Yes, I am from the Gulf/Arab world but I don't live in a tent or have a personal oil well in my backyard!"