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Left-handedness can be a bit of a taboo in Arab and Muslim countries.

According to Khalifa Saleh Al Haroon, founder of ILoveQatar.net, that’s because the left hand is widely considered to be the “dirty hand.”

In one of his latest Qtips, Al Haroon explained that in Arab culture, the right hand is reserved for eating meals and greeting people.

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This follows in the tradition of the Prophet Muhammad, who favored his right hand for such actions.

Insult

But the left hand is typically used to clean one’s self after going to the bathroom.

Thus, trying to do a lefty handshake or even waving at someone with your left hand could be considered insulting to some people.

“Oh, and of course there are exceptions as to when to use the left hand, like when you can’t use your right,” ILQ adds.

So now you know. Thoughts?

The I Love Qatar team is back with season three of its helpful Qtips.

In this latest video, Khalifa Saleh Al Haroon explains why it’s important to remove your shoes when visiting a Qatari’s home or majlis (unless you’re told otherwise.

This is because cleanliness and good hygiene are very important in Islamic and Qatari culture.

Thus, removing your shoes “is clean, it is the right thing to do and it is polite,” Al Haroon said. Of course, wearing socks is ok, he added.

Thoughts?

When you admire something that your Arab friends or colleagues are wearing, be careful with how you express your admiration, because Qatari hospitality is apparently no joke.

According to the latest Qtip from the I Love Qatar team, compliments can sometimes be confused with desire – i.e., if you say you like someone’s phone, that could be interpreted as you coveting it for yourself.

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Such envy, culturally speaking, is something many Arabs are wary of.

Thus, to counter or resolve any feelings of jealousy – and to be kind – the person receiving the compliment may feel compelled to hand over the item in question.

Speaking to Doha News, ILQ co-founder Khalifa Saleh Al Haroon said:

“I’ve given a mobile, iPhone case, little trinkets, a pen, cuff links, and actually I even gave an expat my thobe!”

To successfully deliver praise – instead of inadvertently soliciting a gift – ILQ advises people to “Say mashAllah, say it looks better on you – it’s the right thing to do.”

Have you ever found yourself in an awkward situation due to a compliment? Thoughts?