If you grew up in an Arab home, then you're probably familiar with the exclusive living room, aka the museum that opens to VVIP guests once a month. 

Putting aside the 'forbidden' living room, there are a number of Arab items that deserve a place in local and international museums. 


These items are pretty rare and are quite hard to explain to foreigners visiting Arab countries. 

A museum would most definitely help in both preserving and explaining our ways.

Take a look:

Exhibit 1: The forbidden room

Museum placard reads:

Do not enter. Do not touch anything. Do not make noise. 

Exhibit 2: The famous boomerang 'shahata'

Museum placard reads: 

This item is used mostly by Arab mothers to discipline their kids and express rage ... even when situated kilometers away. 

Exhibit 3: These blankets

Museum placard reads: 

These colorful blankets are found in almost every Arab home and usually make an appearance in the months of winter ... or when you have guests staying over. They do not have a lifetime. 

Exhibit 4: This diagram explaining Arab relationship life

Museum placard reads:

It is impossible to be part of an Arab family without getting stuck in a loop of never-ending personal questions. 

Some advice: maintain distance whenever possible.

Exhibit 5: This couch

Museum placard reads:

Arabs are OCD when it comes to furniture. The couch's age is irrelevant at all times. 

Exhibit 6: These random white decorative covers

Museum placard reads:

Arabs place white lace covers on almost everything due to a strong belief that items look more presentable when covered. 

Exhibit 7: 7Up

Museum placard reads:

Arabs believe this item has the ability to cure almost anything. It is usually accompanied with a dosage of Panadol. 

Exhibit 8: Cookie box turned sewing kit

Museum placard reads:

This is the main reason Arabs have trust issues. 

Exhibit 9: Evil eye

Museum placard reads:

This item is usually placed outside every Arab home, right at the entrance. People believe that the color blue has the power to keep the 'evil eye' at bay. 

Exhibit 10: Mastic gum

Museum placard reads:

This chewing gum is of mastic flavor, which is a favorite for many Arabs. 

However, it is placed inside this museum because its lasting flavor matches the patience levels of Arabs (3 seconds).