Leb 1- You must not write a text message or bbm while driving, unless you are, in a way, wanting to commit quick suicide
Dubai 1- You most certainly CAN write a whole essay while driving, especially if you're on the right-ish lane and there's no police mister in sight
Leb 2- You must not talk about religion, sex and/or politics with a bunch of people who disagree with you
Leb 2.5- unless you're ready to be very angry, or to make someone very angry, and you must bear the consequence of either
Dubai 2- You must not talk about religion, sex and/or politics with a bunch of people. Full stop.
Dubai 2.5- unless your bag is packed and at the door.
Leb 3- You must not smoke while on AUB campus grounds
Dubai 3- You must not smoke while on AUB campus grounds, because there are no AUB campus grounds.
Dubai 3.5- and yes, this whole point was unnecessary to mention.
Leb 4- Picture this: the designated parking space is empty next to the CAFE, you can choose any spot, but NO, there's a bored man called the valet who simply MUST take your car and park it himself
Leb 4.5- and make you wait till you get your keys back when you want to leave, and then you pay for all this unnecessary situation.
Dubai 4- You find a space, you park, you pay at the machine.
Dubai 4.5- unless you're fancy, then you give the keys away because you can't be bothered, and you CHOOSE to do so.
Leb 5- You must NOT watch a TV CHANNEL that doesn't politically appeal to those in the same room, regardless of the program. Even if it's something stupid and unfunny and unpolitical like the program "LOL."
Dubai 5- If you're Lebanese, point Leb 5 applies here too.
Leb 6- You must NOT believe that Lebanon is NOT a healthy society. You have the poor and the not so poor, and the rich, and the disgustingly rich, and somehow you're supposed to think that this is real and healthy because you naively believe that you're "exposed" to all of these.
Dubai 6- You must NOT believe that the UAE is NOT a bubble society. You have the poor and the not so poor, and the rich, and the disgustingly rich, and somehow you're supposed to think that this is bubble-like because you are not "exposed" to all of these.
Dubai 6.5- if you simply look around you a little, trust me, you will be very "exposed." And very heart-broken.
Leb 6.25- I guess what I'm trying to say is that Lebanon is THE bubble society and on so many levels.
Leb 6.5- Because once there's an old WOMAN who could be anyone's grandmother or old aunt found on the streets begging for money, then there is something very very very unhealthy, and very very very unacceptable, going on.
Leb 6.75- And if that's not a bubble society, then I don't know what is.