August 14, 2005
Flirting by Bluetooth in UAE
I don't recall the UAE being this conservative but I didn't interact with the "locals" as other Arab ex-pats from the Crescent called them (often with a tone of undue disdain). Indeed the indigenous folks played by more conservative rules, and so flirting and courting via electronic device, as the BBC tells us, makes sense, despite the oversimplified tone of this and related stories.
Ahmed Bin Desmal's friends joke that he is a "Bluetooth king". The 20-year-old says he has used the technology to send notes to girls he sees in public places.
"In our country it's very rude to go up and talk to them," he says. "I sent some notes, they liked them - they took my number and they called me. I say nice things - I'm into poems."
Posted by Matthew Hogan at August 14, 2005 11:56 AM
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This reminds me of a much earlier story on the BBC about people hooking up via bluetooth for sex and the like on the tube/train in London. It was widely quoted for quite a while until, as I recall, it turned out to be fake. Seems the sources for the article lied.
Does anyone remember the stories about the "locals" in Iran(I think?) flirting by leaving their mobile numbers under produce in the grocery store or something along those lines?
Posted by: drdougfir at August 15, 2005 03:09 PM
In the UK, I would suspect that it was a viral marketing strategy for bluetooth devices. Because, I mean, Bluetooth headpieces look really silly.
Posted by: ascendance at August 17, 2005 07:01 PM