Sunday, July 22, 2007

Harry Potter takes United Arab Emirates by storm

I can't even imagine a book like Harry Potter even being allowed in an Islamic country 30 years ago. The west's "secret weapon" is blue jeans, McDonald's, Sony's, and now...Harry Potter.

Khaleej Times
[...]Hundreds of fans began lining up outside bookshops across the UAE from early Friday evening with some dedicated fans, like 13-year-old Abdulla Moaswes, travelling from Sharjah to Ibn Battuta Mall where some of the biggest celebrations were held.

As Potter aficionados joined the serpentine queues, a magician conjured card tricks and stilt walkers amused the visitors, while at other malls, coffee after coffee was served, wizard quizzes completed and wands and witches' hats created[...]


Donald Douglas said...

Well, at least they'll have something good to read over there! Bought my son his copy of Deathly Hallows yesterday. I lot of bloggers are postin' on having read that darned book already. I just finished Atlas Shrugged, and will be reading a thinner volume up next.

Have a great week!

Diane said...

But I'll be that in the arab/muslim-friendly version, Herminone dresses in a burqua, walks 10 paces behind Harry and Ron, never offers a suggestion and never contradicts a man.

MikeT said...

I'm surprised that you didn't read anything about suicide bombers or other terrorism. That should be a major, major no no in an Islamic country!

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