" The film-makers were refused permission to film in the Gulf city by Emirates' officials and the scenes were shot in Morocco instead, but the film's script inexplicably retains the Abu Dhabi setting.There is high sensitivity in the United Arab Emirates about plots considered too racy, and the first Sex and the City movie was not shown there at all. The Big Short, the film adaptation of Michael Lewis' book of the same name about the causes of the financial crisis, opens in UK cinemas this weekend.Arabs are a diverse group in terms of religious affiliations and practices.In the pre-Islamic era, most Arabs followed polytheistic religions.Some tribes had adopted Christianity or Judaism, and a few individuals, the hanifs, apparently observed monotheism.Arab Muslims primarily belong to the Sunni, Shiite, Ibadi, Alawite, Druze and Ismaili denominations.As we approach a vote on the UK's membership of the European Union, we look at what 50 writers, actors, historians, artists and comedians have said about Europe and its nations.Arab tribes, most notably the Ghassanids and Lakhmids, begin to appear in the southern Syrian Desert from the mid 3rd century CE onward, during the mid to later stages of the Roman and Sasanian empires.
This makes them the world's second largest ethnic group after the Han Chinese.There they encounter misogynist attitudes from Middle Eastern men and make jokes about Muslim women wearing the niqab.Kim Cattrall's character, the man-eating Samantha, insists on flouting the Emirates' conservative dress code by wearing skimpy outfits.Arab Christians generally follow one of the Eastern Christian Churches, such as the Maronite, Coptic Orthodox, Greek Orthodox, Greek Catholic or Chaldean churches. The earliest documented use of the word "Arab" to refer to a people appears in the Kurkh Monoliths, an Akkadian language record of the ninth century BC Assyrian conquest of Aram, which referred to Bedouins of the Arabian Peninsula under King Gindibu, who fought as part of a coalition opposed to Assyria.
Other smaller minority religions are also followed, such as the Bahá'í Faith, Sabianism, Bábism and Mandaeism. Listed among the booty captured by the army of king Shalmaneser III of Assyria in the Battle of Qarqar are 1000 camels of "Gi-in-di-bu'u the ar-ba-a-a" or "[the man] Gindibu belonging to the Arab (ar-ba-a-a being an adjectival nisba of the noun ʿarab The oldest surviving indication of an Arab national identity is an inscription made in an archaic form of Arabic in 328 using the Nabataean alphabet, which refers to Imru' al-Qays ibn 'Amr as "King of all the Arabs".
In Biblical etymology, "Arab" (in Hebrew Arvi ) comes both from the desert origin of the Bedouins it originally described (Arava means wilderness).