Dear Ali: A friend of mine who has been living in the UAE longer than me and my family has often warned me not to display the soles of my feet in front of an Emirati. I still don't understand why. Could you please explain? GA, Dubai. Dear GA: Yes, it's true that displaying the soles of the feet doesn't come across as a good gesture.
Ask Ali: Why it is rude to show the soles of your feet
American Customs That Are Offensive Abroad
Jenna Bush Hager's June book club pick will transport you to the beach. Nike has come under fire for the design of its Air Max shoe, with some calling it insulting to the Islamic faith. According to a recent petition launched on Change. Islam teaches compassion, kindness and fairness towards all. The company apologized and stopped selling shoes with that design. In this case, Nike maintains that the logo is nothing more than a stylized representation of the Air Max brand. Any other perceived meaning or representation is unintentional.
Voting With Their Feet
Subscriber Account active since. But culture goes deeper, and there are a number of customs and gestures that Americans use without thinking twice. When traveling, these customs will not only out you as a tourist, but could get you in hot water in other countries. A contentious issue even here, both over- and undertipping can quickly make you the least popular person at the table.
Many matters of etiquette in the Middle East are connected to Islam as it is written in the Qur'an and how it has been traditionally understood and practiced throughout the centuries. Prescribed Islamic etiquette is referred to as Adab , and described as "refinement, good manners, morals, ethics, decorum, decency, humaneness and righteousness". As such, many points discussed in this article are applicable in other regions of the Islamic world. This holds especially true in Muslim majority countries outside Middle East.