Ill-mannered Gulf tourists ‘unwanted’ in Europe?

Ill-mannered Gulf tourists ‘unwanted’ in Europe?
Updated 23 August 2015

Ill-mannered Gulf tourists ‘unwanted’ in Europe?

Ill-mannered Gulf tourists ‘unwanted’ in Europe?

JEDDAH: The behavior of some tourists from Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries in Europe has triggered a debate in the Twittersphere.
Social media sites are awash with photos and messages of these tourists, drawing comments such as “unprogressive” or “retrogressive” behavior, and some trying to defend them by describing their behavior as “commendable originality.”
For instance, objections have been raised over the ways of some tourists at Piazza del Duomo, the main square of Milan. Sitting on carpets with tea or coffee pots in front of them is being seen by many Italians as “retrogressive” behavior which causes “visual pollution.” However, some Netizens see these actions as “normal because it does not harm anyone” and “does not violate the regulations” of that country.
The reactions to a scene at the Trocadéro, Paris, draw condemnation from all sides in unequivocal terms. Here, the Gulf visitors, squatting on the ground with carpets laid on it, and enjoying is fine. But garbage strewn around is condemned by all.
In the Czech Republic, opponents of Islam took advantage of such behaviors and established an organization called “We Don’t Want Islam in the Czech Republic.” The group sometimes urged Czechs to walk their dogs in parks frequented by Gulf tourists to keep them away, saying they have “distorted” them.
French, Austrian and Czech embassies have ruled out the possibility of imposing curbs on Gulf tourists in the wake of a video circulated on social media sites showing Gulf visitors in poor light.
Sansa, a restaurant manager in Interlaken in Switzerland, expressed fear and worry, saying: “In the past we used to receive Gulf tourists and they were wonderful. But recently, those visitors have become frightful.”
She said: “They run around the place screaming and their parents sitting laughing and chatting loudly with no manners at all. This is what I am personally afraid of. I don’t want them to find my restaurant.”