#SATC2 according to my sister
The story is set two years after the events of the first film. The four friends now have lives that are more stressful than before. One of the characters of the movie (Samantha) is approached by an Arab Sheikh who he asks her to build a PR campaign for his business. He offers to fly her and her friends on an all-expenses-paid luxury vacation to Abu Dhabi. Meanwhile, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda run up against a culture clash in the Middle East, as their style and attitudes contrast with Muslim society.
Both SATC 1 and 2 have grossed well, but have been criticised for lacking any climax (no pun intended). The trailer of the movie invites people to see the ladies discover the forbidden fun city that is Abu Dhabi. Alas, the scenes depicting Abu Dhabi and the Arabian desert actually take place in North Africa. Emirates' officials turned down a request to film on location, forcing the crew to head to Morocco and recreate the Abu Dhabi setting. In 2008, the original "Sex and the City" film was not shown in the United Arab Emirates.
The truth of the matter
As I understood the movie has not helped to promote Abu Dhabi, but on the contrary providing an inaccurate portrayal of Abu Dhabi that is revolting and “disgusting” according to my sister who saw the film. Below is a list of things that made her feel that way:
Scene #1: Samantha gets an offer to come to Abu Dhabi to meet “ Sheikh Khalid” through her ex-boyfriend Smith who was in Abu Dhabi shooting a movie at the time. Sheikh Khalid offers to pay all the expenses of the girls, even a private jet.
Scene #2: Samantha claims she has heard of Dubai, but not of Abu Dhabi. The Sheikh responds to her by saying that Dubai’s future is over & Abu Dhabi is the new Middle East
Scene #3: Miranda becomes interested in the culture so she tries to learn Arabic
Scene #4: Carrie is impressed that “Pringles” chips are sold and marketed in Arabic while she was on the plane.
Scene #5: They arrive to the “AS IF” Abu Dhabi airport, which has nothing to do with the AbuDhabi airport with four chauffeured Maybach cars waiting for the ladies.
Scene #6: The security guards and individuals at check points in the airport are all females covered face-veiled (Niqab) in a very extensive and over the top manner.
Scene #7: An Emirati man from Abu Dhabi greets them, he doesn’t look from the UAE and speaks in a Levantine dialect.
Scene #8: In a traditional souk where spices and other traditional items are sold, Carrie witnesses a traditional slippers shop. Carrie becomes aggressive when asking the shop keeper the price of these slippers making him look like a complete illiterate.
Scene #9: Takes places on the pool where they lay in their bathing suits, and stare at the Emarati women who are laying there by the pool as well in an Islamic swim suit and a Niqab! They go further on to stare at the Emarati women when they eat their French fries with the niqab on.
Scene #10: Samantha is surprised when she falls for a Danish guy while in Abu Dhabi, because she never thought there are any well off handsome guys in this city.
Scene #11: Samantha gets caught and arrested, because she is seen being intimate with the Danish guy in public, however she claims they only kissed there was no sex. This changes when a condom accidently falls from her purse.
Scene #12: The Sheikh loses interest after Samantha gets caught, thus the hotel asks them to pay the rate of their stay which is up to $22K
Scene #13: Charlotte gets interested in buying a fake watch for her Jewish husband from the traditional souk. The watch shop owners torment the ladies because they didn’t buy anything
Scene #14: As men try to take away Samantha’s bag thinking she stole it, while the two parties pull the bag many condoms fall out of the bag. What does Samantha do? She stands in the middle of the market between everyone stating that she is here to F*** men.