Monday, March 19, 2007

Munaqaba at the Gate

Airports reflect the image of societies. Kuwait's is no different. The polarization of Kuwait's society is apparent in the airport. As I prepared to leave, my documents were inspected at the immigration counter by a munaqaba (veiled). Isn't this a security concern if she was a passenger with niqab? Is it absolutely necessary to have a munaqaba in this position? Worse still she was on the phone talking about dinner!

Upon arrival back in Kuwait I was welcomed by the extreme opposite. I started wondering if pieces are going to fall off her face or finger nails detach in my passport!

Two extremes in Kuwait Airport paint -literally- a picture of society. Whether behind veil or make up, the true face is disguised.

7 comments:

eshda3wa said...

welcome to a diverse society

casttro said...

:) welcome to the club :p

NiQa said...

OMG theres this kick ass woman there that thinks she's 19 while in fact shes probably 41 and OH MY GOD!! seriously u would think she's starring in an 80's version of a charlie's chubby angels. she has attitude too.. with her gum: chitaakh chitaakh chittaakh. the best part is when she winks instead of saying "good day or ta ta" I LOVE THAT PSYCHO

bu ziyad said...

eshda3wa and casttro thanks for your warm welcome :)

niqa: your comment cracked me up lol!

A pedestrian said...

insightful :)

Happy Wolf said...

Well said ! I was once stopped by an officer at the immigration..and was asked what religion i was .. then he asked me where i worked so when i am back from vaction he could visit me and 'enlighten' me... i was like.. "i can't believe this is happening in the immigration counter"...

bu ziyad said...

pedestrian: thanks :)

happy wolf: sorry to hear that! maybe you should have accepted only to enlighten him instead!!