I met my Bedouin friend Hemaid several years ago when he invited me one morning…
Family is the most important part of the lives of Arabs in the Middle East. This has become obvious to me through my friendships and interactions with the people of Arab World over the last several years.
Bedouins are part of the Arab world, a nomadic people originating in Saudi Arabia. Approximately 70,000 of them are located in the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt and are divided into about 10 tribes.
One of the Bedouins of the Muzeina tribe in the Sinai, a man named Hemaid, lives in the town of Dahab in a sparsely populated district called Asalah, where children, goats and sheep run about on deserted sandy roads with an occasional camel passing by.
Hemaid has talked previously to Connect the Cultures about his perspective on life and his culture’s sense of community. In this video Hemaid speaks about Bedouin children and their ability to run about alone and safe, within the protection of his culture. Bedouin families are extensive, their tribes consist of hundreds or thousands of people, and their children are known by all. Bedouins belong to each other.