Monday, September 22, 2008

Young and Arab in land of mosques and bars

Hamza Abu Zanad, right, smoked shisha with friends at an exclusive bar in Dubai. Shawn Baldwin for The New York Times)

Here, I can practice my religion in a natural and free way because it is a Muslim country and I can also achieve my ambition at work," said Ahmed Kassab, 30, an electrical engineer from Zagazig Egypt, who wears a long dark beard and has a prayer mark on his forehead. "People here judge the person based on productivity more than what he looks like. It's different in Egypt, of course."

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