How facebook works in Dubai…

28 Oct

A story in the Gulf News today made me sad for a few minutes.

His Highness, Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and their Highnesses Supreme Council Members had to perform funeral prayers for Shaikh Saqr Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi… ’cause he died yesterday. Awful. He was such a nice man (probably). But just as I set about mourning him for a bit, I was sidetracked by the thought of how awkward it must be for all these men to tag each other on facebook.

All those names! I never thought about it before… but seriously, it must be soooo bloody difficult for them all to keep track of each other. And tough for facebook I should imagine, finding room for them all. They must have bandwidth to consider. Their names must take up their entire status update windows sometimes. Or… is there a special version of facebook that’s been designed just for them? Are Sheikhs even on facebook?

They must be. Right? Everyone’s on facebook. I’d better check…

OK I just checked. And yes, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum IS on facebook, and his name does take up his entire status. Haha! Awesome. He doesn’t tag his photos, though, by the looks of it. He’s quite hot actually….

(Ahem). I know two Amy Clarkes. It’s such a pain in the ass, because when I want to tag the Sydney Amy Clarke in a photo, I sometimes, accidentally tag the London Amy Clarke by mistake, and then she gets quite annoyed because a photo of someone else appears on her feed, as her. This is bad enough – Amy 1 has blonde hair and Amy 2 has dark hair. But imagine if you were a Sheikh and you dressed the same as all your mates EVERY DAY, and never experimented with hair dye? Must take ages to go through each album. Maybe they get servants to do their admin tasks.

Here I am with a Sheikh in 2007. Well, it’s actually a painting, as you can probably tell. I think we have the same skin tone.

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