If you had asked me to come up with a more random, unlikely, and downright culturally inappropriate place than Abu Dhabi to send the four characters from Sex and the City on vacation in this sequel, I'd have been stumped.
"It's the new Middle East!" they crow as they luxuriate on the plane, in their chauffeured cars, and touring their suite of rooms. Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Samantha (Kim Cattrall), Charlotte (Kristin Davis), and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) also have personal male servants to wait on them hand and foot. They're glared at by the men and are fascinated by women in burqas, especially the one modestly lifting her veil just enough to eat French fries one by one with a fork.
Sex and the City 2 not only panders to the worst stereotypes of Americans abroad but also to the Middle East. Watch as Charlotte stumbles in high heeled sandals in the desert and tries to get iPhone reception while riding a camel. Stare in horror as Samantha fellates a hookah pipe in public. Check out Carrie as she wanders the beach forlornly followed by her handsome manservant holding an umbrella to shield her from the sun. Look on aghast while the four of them perform "I Am Woman" in the middle of a giant karaoke club, complete with belly dancers. At least Miranda has enough sense to try and get Samantha to observe local custom and wear a little more clothing than usual, despite Samantha's menopausal hot flashes.