By Julie Ahadi
Let’s start with a predefined notion of “normal” from a western perspective:
- A western male teenager: Dresses in a hoody, wears expensive trainers, and spends time either graffitiing or climbing walls.
- A young Arab man: Walks aimlessly around malls for hours, dressed in a sparkly white, freshly laundered thawb and headdress (with sandals).
Perhaps that’s the reason, therefore, that a video, showing an Arab man in traditional attire as described above, scaling multiple buildings in sandy (undisclosed) locations, went viral earlier this year. His speed and dexterity has earned him the nickname “Spiderman of the Gulf”. But, aside from the fact he was wearing the most inappropriate footwear–yes, sandals–is it...