This gesture, expressing connotations of “I am winning,” historically is offensive to many Arabs. After the Gulf conflict, however, Middle Easterners of the Arabian Peninsula adopted this hand movement, along with the OK sign, as a symbol of cooperation toward freedom.
I'm not sure why did the state dept think thumbs up was considered rude in Saudi?! I'm from Saudi and it isn't !!— MAK_20_30 (@MK_20_30) May 20, 2017
its not rude at all— عبدالله الفريدي (@aboodalfridy) May 20, 2017