Q: What would be the greatest surprise for Americans visiting the Middle East that might be different than what is portrayed in American news?

A: Umm, McDonald’s? Burger King? Most Americans are amazed to find how westernized the culture is over here. You can slurp coffee at Starbucks, order pizza from Domino’s, Little Caesar’s, Pizza Hut, watch a movie at an IMAX theater, grab fast food at KFC, McDonald’s, Burger King, etc. Stores include everything from Victoria’s Secret to major Western department store chains. The shopping malls are huge, the product range diverse. You can buy practically anything over here that you can buy in America. The other thing most Americans might be surprised to see is how nice everybody is. Arabs are taught the importance of hospitality and generosity from childhood, and visitors are frequently surprised by how giving their hosts can be.

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