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Don’t open the umbrella

Don’t open the umbrella

Did you know that camels are frightened of umbrellas? Neither did we.

September 14, 2009 10:48 by

Camels are afraid of umbrellas. And when camels freak out, they run in different directions, which make shepherds mad. When shepherds get mad, they can get violent.

A Bangladeshi man learned those basic desert rules the hard way. He opened his umbrella for some shade, scared a herd of camels, and was beaten up severely by two Saudi shepherds, according to Arab News, citing a report in Al-Riyadh newspaper.

The Bangladeshi man filed a case against the shepherds with the police. The shepherds were arrested, and presumably, they’re even angrier in jail than they were when they beat up the umbrella-wielding Bangladeshi.

Its reports like these that make the GCC fascinating. In spite of the region’s fast-paced development, you can still find endearing stories about shepherds and their camels. They satisfy our search for old Arabia, which, frankly, we rarely see in this part of the world.


  1. Doug on September 14, 2009 3:13 pm

    Wow, what a jolly way to report on common assault. I think THAT’S the more fascinating (and indeed, telling) part about the whole ‘old Arabia’ part. Coming up next, the amusing tale of ‘love-at-first sight’ rape (oops, already was done a year ago in Gulf News) and cheery anecdotes about how beating your wife stopped her nagging you to do some housework.

  2. DeniseTheMenace on September 16, 2009 8:10 am

    Doug’s efforts in commenting are laudable…Keep up the good work, mate and Keep Smiling !!!

  3. Peter M on September 21, 2009 12:56 pm

    Very nice and quirky Doug, you are absolutely right!
    There is nothing cheerful about the usual barbaric and violent behaviour that is seen daily in the GCC and around the GCC. Especially when it is gratiutous violence for reasons that would be considered plainly and simply ridiculous in the developped world.


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