In the recent past, the word ‘bedouin’ was not used the way it is nowadays in Kuwait. It was symbolically used and had no indication in real life of desert life because there were no more nomads travelling from one place to another. Just like sailors stopped sailing their dhows after the discovery of oil, bedouins stepped down from their camels and lived in urban residential areas in the early stages of Kuwait’s boom, with the spread of education and the availability of job opportunities in various government bodies, and many more aspects that are very different from those known by nomads.
However, things are not the same nowadays. The word ‘bedouin’ reflects and refers to a different and special culture that ought to be confirmed and protected in the minds of some people. They believe it ought to be separated from urban culture, and thus seem like an illusionary trick played by some magicians who make audiences imagine things that do not really exist. In fact, it is impossible for them to have the same formations nowadays after they politically, socially and economically changed and started living in the outskirts of modern cities in which citizenship and the rule of the law are more valued than tribal fanaticism.
The problem seems more complex with younger generations who keep fanaticizing about bedouin life in a platonic way with merely ‘a rababa (a bowed musical instrument), a cup of coffee and a falcon’, which is totally against the bitter truth! If we go back to bedouin life nowadays, many people will be looted, murdered or socially excluded.
Finally, I would like to remind you of the ‘Please don’t let me down’ call, which is absolutely against true democratic practices. Some people tried to justify it as a bedouin value of requesting assistance and forgot that the Kuwaiti society nationally did so by consolidation, which is far stronger than sectarian bonds, when Kuwaitis of all sects, tribes and races worked hand in hand to build the third Kuwait wall.