When I was living in Washington, I was not surprised when people did not know Yemen. But when traveling in the Arab world I EXPECT that my fellow Arab citizens know a little about Yemen.
This is friendly advise for my fellow Arabs. When meeting a Yemeni person please do not do ask them any of the following (and yes I was asked these questions!):
- - Do not ask them if they speak Arabic in Yemen! (it is the ONLY language we speak.)
- - Do not be surprised and then say, “nooo you can’t be Yemeni, because the Yemenis I have seen are not good looking”. (That is NOT a compliment!)
- - Do not confuse Yemenis with khaleejis (people from the Gulf). Yemen is not part of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
- - Do not ask the person if they can supply you with “qat”.