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The elderly are looked after by the younger generations and afforded respect. Saudi children tend to be indulged with not too much discipline within the home. Foreign labour is cheap in Saudi Arabia. Not very wealthy families may have an Indonesian or a Filipina housemaid. In richer families, children may have their own allocated servants. From a Saudi point of view, the ideal home is a selfcontained villa away from the peering eyes of neighbours. Saudi houses are typically surrounded by high walls.

What Saudis give up during daylight hours in Ramadan, they may more than make up for at night. In recent times, the night hours of Ramadan have become a celebration of feasting and perhaps, overindulgence. During Ramadan, shops in places like Jeddah stay open all night. Supermarket complexes do a roaring trade. Packed restaurants serve food from dusk to dawn. According to apocryphal reports, many Saudis gain weight during Ramadan, their month of fasting. That aside, guest workers dealing with their Arab hosts are advised to bear the rigours of Ramadan in mind.

Such is the desperation of life in the Palestinian territories. At the turn of the century, scapegoat attention shifted from Iraq’s Saddam Hussein to the terrorists of 11 September 2001, the Taliban in Afghanistan and Al Qaeda. After that we had the second Gulf War. If the West has been hard on the Arab world, the Arab world has also been hard on itself. In 1956, the Egyptian leader, Gamal Abdel Nasser, floated the notion of a Pan-Arab alliance to annex the Suez Canal. But these aspirations of Arab unity were never fulfilled.

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