American Bedu comments: I do believe that the Muslim man when located in a third country is overall more polite than perhaps men from Western countries, especially when traveling. I have had similar experiences during the many times I transited Dubai. The Pakistani, India or Bangladeshi male would insist that I have a seat on a shuttle rather than stand. An Arab man would usually make the same gesture.
A friend of mine was at the Dubai airport and shared the following experience:
There was a shuttle that took us to our gate after we got off the plane. There were men on the shuttle from a previous flight already sitting in the seats. Since I was the first person to get off of our plane, I was the first person onto the shuttle. A Muslim man with a long beard and short robe got up to offer his seat to me when I walked up the steps of the shuttle bus. As i was sitting there, I watched other Arab and European women deplane and come into the shuttle bus. As each woman came in, one-by-one these conservative Muslim men vacated their seats to give us his seat to each woman.
It turned out all the seats that were occupied by men at the beginning when i got onto to the shuttle were now all occupied by women, and all the men were standing up. I said out loud: no this is something I have NEVER seen in the United States. And then the European woman said out loud: I have never seen this in Germany either. And then the daughter from the mother and daughter couple who were sitting next to me said: ”See this is how Muslim men treat us. We are happy with our culture. Please tell everyone in the United States about this story. These men are not even Arab men who gave us their seats. They are from Pakistan or India, and we are Arab. This is Islam that teaches this. Please tell everyone.”
All the men were just standing there beaming with pride, and smiling, some put their head down bashfully and nodded. I don’t know even if they understood English, but they knew we were impressed.
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