Cuddling, yes I'm talking about cuddling.
Now let me say I do agree that people should respect others and their culture and behave with respect in another land but I nearly choked on my coffee to read a long comment piece in the Emirates Toady which covered a quarter of a page about how shocking it was that the writer had seen a couple cuddling in the swimming pool area of a five-star hotel in Dubai.
Apparently the kids who were with the writer pointed to the couple "giggling and laughing". The writer says she was shocked but they were "oblivious to others" including the children.
She says: "What amazed me was that nobody did or said anything to the couple to stop them. Is it not traumatising for the children? I am sure they won’t be able to forget the scene."
"We must ensure that our children grow up with the right values in the right environment."
Now I can think of a lot things that might traumatise kids - like being exposed to p<3n, aggression or violence - but I defy anyone to explain to me how seeing a couple do something as natural and normal as have a cuddle, even in an amorous way, could damage a child in any way. And these two were even sat round the pool of their hotel... quick, get the cuddles police and hold the bloody front page!
The world (or UAE) seems to have gone mad when a newspaper could devote such coverage to something like this. Especially a city which has hundreds and hundreds of prostitutes and their pimps who go about their daily business seemingly untouched by the authorities (who don't even admit they exist!).
I tell you something, if Dubai is really serious about attracting millions more tourists from around the globe then it really will have to go with the flow and change some of its attitudes.
And the press here needs a great big fat kick up the posterior and should start getting to grips with some of the really big stories bubbling below the surface.