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“Women Are All Covered Up”: Shaquille O’Neal Left Impressed by “Respectful” Abu Dhabi Culture

Published 10/17/2022, 2:48 PM EDT

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NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal was left mesmerized when he visited UAE. In the latest episode of Shaq’s podcast, he had nothing to say other than praise for the city and the people there. The seven-foot-one-inch star recently visited the gulf country to attend the 2022 NBA Abu Dhabi preseason games. It was the first time since the league was established that an NBA game took place in UAE.

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It often happens that when you visit a new city or a country, you end up getting pleasantly surprised. You fall in love with the place so much that you often think about settling there forever. The reason could be the culture, the people, or even the weather. It might be safe to say a trip to the middle eastern countries gives you the perfect blend of past and future. Be it the marvelous architecture or the breathtaking culture in the UAE. Evidently, Shaq’s visit to Abu Dhabi went well because he couldn’t stop talking about the city in a positive tone.


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In his latest podcast episode, The Big Scuffle, co-host Nischelle Turner asked Shaq about his trip. In response, the Big Aristotle compared Abu Dhabi to Singapore, explaining that the Lion City was the only perfect place in the world according to him.

Shaquille O’Neal applauds Abu Dhabi’s culture

Co-host Nischelle Turner asked Shaquille O’Neal to give a rundown of what he experienced during his trip. Shaq said that Abu Dhabi was a lot like Singapore in terms of culture, technology, and the people.

“Women are all covered up. Ain’t no twerking, ain’t none of this, ain’t none of that,” said Shaq.


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In addition, Shaq explained that the culture there was very respectful. And people conducted themselves extremely politely and respectfully.

Furthermore, the five-time NBA revealed that he met a lot of ‘Shaikhs’ and princes while in UAE. Interestingly, Shaq even wore their traditional attire that was custom made for him. During his visit, Shaq stayed at a spectacular resort on Saadiyat Island and even went for adventurous rides.


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Evidently, the thought of settling there did come to Shaq’s mind. The $400 million worth NBA legend was reportedly interested in buying a property in the city.


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Siyari Debbarma


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Siyari Debbarma is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. She is currently pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering from Abascus Institute of Engineering and Management. She previously interned at the Y-East Organization as a content writer.
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