The utter fascination that everyone in the Middle East has with Shakira warrants a brief mention. She is half Lebanese (I think on her mother's side), and consequently, this is the closest thing to someone from the Middle East making it big in Hollywood in recent years. I hear Shakira blaring from car radios all over the city, and the guys imitate her dances, which takes a bit of getting used to. Apparently she's done some work on behalf on Muslims in South MAerica, which makes her even more appealing in the region. Anyways, just goes to show the types of things you learn when overseas.