When Salim Al-Nabit and his friends went to see beach volleyball for the first time, they left their wives home.Hat tip: Solomonia, who quips:
Al-Nabit said he would watch the bikini-clad women, but he certainly wouldn't want his wife to do so. He was there, he added, because it was a matter of national honor. [Right! That's the only reason I ever go to a strip joint...national honor! --ed.]
"We don't see this a lot in Qatar," Al-Nabit said. "I think most people think it is outrageous. But we accept it because it is important for our country. We want others to see us as a generous and hospitable people, willing to accept their ways, even if we don't agree."
And lo, they beheld the flesh, and they saw that it was good.