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Abu Dhabi and Apollo 55

by spike.com   December 09, 2010 at 10:00AM  |  Views: 0

Chris Sabin discusses his impressions on the Middle East after returning from his tour of Abu Dhabi, and Alex Shelley discusses the state of tag-team wrestling in the US and overseas.

Chris Sabin

There is only one reason I can think of as to why the Middle East has such a bad reputation in the United States of America.

The media.

Terrorists, insurgents, the enemy.

Most people in America seem to instantly relate these words to the Middle East and its people. Personally, I think this is a completely unfair stereotype. Sure, the media will plant the idea in your head time and time again that they are the enemy, because whenever an international terrorism incident happens against the United States of America it always seems to be a person from the Middle East that gets the blame.

Right away, I want it to be known that I, in no way support or condone any terrorist action or attack of any kind, to any people. The fact that we choose to not live in a world of abundance and opportunity for everyone is not something that I agree with.

But what if America was judged only by its bad apples? Because people exist in this country too that have the same egotistical hate flowing through their veins.

This all relates to the recent tour of Abu Dhabi. Some of the things I observed were very similar to life in the United States. People waking up for work for day and night shifts, shopping malls, restaurants, traffic, hotels, fathers, mothers, sons and daughters. Just regular people like you and I living their lives. There is nothing wrong with cultural differences especially towards the peaceful.

We rode nice buses, stayed at a wonderfully nice hotel, and were treated politely by the people of the city. We visited an equestrian club and rode horses, ate authentic Middle Eastern food with our hands, and smoked hookahs (filled with tobacco).

It was a great tour and an amazing time. And if anyone has a chance or the money (it isn't cheap) I recommend a visit to the United Arab Emirates.

It may open your eyes and your mind a bit towards the general perception of the Middle East and its people.