Moving abroad is hard no matter where you end up going, but being in a Western country comes with its own set of challenges.
You've heard all the endless interrogations before the big move, and now that you're finally there, it's hard not to feel homesick and nostalgic.
Here are 10 things Arabs miss when they move abroad to a Western country:
1. Arguileh, all day every day
There's nothing more Arab than ordering four shishas to your house at 2 A.M. on a weekend.
But once you move abroad, and even though there are plenty of shisha cafes around, finding a satisfying arguileh remains hard.
2. Speaking Arabic
3. Having your name properly pronounced
Unless your name is Sarah or Michael, there's a huge chance it's been three million years since a Westerner properly pronounced it.
Shoutout to all the Zeinab's, Mohammad's, and Fatima's living abroad. We're rooting for you!
4. Cheap beauty services
One specific painful situation Arab women find themselves in is when they realize how expensive it is to get a full body wax, a blowout, or eyebrow threading.
It might happen that suddenly, on a Friday night all alone at home, you're plucking your own eyebrows in the bathroom as you hold back the tear.
5. The food
Arabs consume a lot of western junk food, there's no denying that.
But when it comes to Middle Eastern mezza and traditional dishes, no burger or pizza will ever compare to ma7achi or mansaf.
6. Having someone pump gas for you
Though a challenge to learn at first, that's one thing you will get the hang of pretty easily... we hope.
7. Delivery for pretty much everything
Medicine, arguileh, pet food, dry cleaning, and pretty much every single type of cuisine you can think of, you'll find it deliverable in Arab countries... mostly free of charge, too.
8. Car horns
Living in a quite city is comfortable for a while, but eventually you'll realize "what's life without the 500 car horns at 4 P.M. on a Tuesday?"
9. Cutting in line
It's not really cutting if there's no line... right?
10. A shatafa
Because life just ain't the same without it.