From weird to weirder: Here’s what you can buy on Facebook in the Middle East

Published November 3rd, 2016 - 14:54 GMT

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Earlier this year, a study exposed the online trade of weapons in Libya. Those in search of an anti-aircraft weapon simply need to log onto Facebook to gain access to an online arms bazaar, offering weapons ranging from handguns and grenades to heavy machine guns and guided missiles.

This got us thinking at Al Bawaba: What other weird, absurd and wonderful things can you buy on Arab Facebook and Twitter? Our research team stepped into the dark depths of social media, and what we found did not disappoint. Continue reading below »

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Many of these online weapon sales groups were shut down by the Facebook police. But social media restrictions have done little to dampen the online gun trade. While most of the groups are private and well hidden, with the right Facebook connections, you are one step away from forming your own personal army.
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Image 1 of 9:  1 / 9Many of these online weapon sales groups were shut down by the Facebook police. But social media restrictions have done little to dampen the online gun trade. While most of the groups are private and well hidden, with the right Facebook connections, you are one step away from forming your own personal army.

(Source: Facebook )

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Owning a cat or a dog is so mainstream nowadays. Fancy swimming against the stream when it comes to pet ownership? Well, you are in luck, particularly if you are in Saudi Arabia. With a quick Facebook search, a baby tiger can be yours today!
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Image 2 of 9:  2 / 9Owning a cat or a dog is so mainstream nowadays. Fancy swimming against the stream when it comes to pet ownership? Well, you are in luck, particularly if you are in Saudi Arabia. With a quick Facebook search, a baby tiger can be yours today!

(Source: Facebook)

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Possibly the weirdest item we discovered. For the price of $500, you could be the proud owner of a 'hyena’s crotch.' Why, you might ask, would anyone want to own this? Well, listen up gentlemen. According to one Facebook seller from Iraq, this creepy item acts as an aphrodisiac and is guaranteed to attract the ladies with its magic powers.
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Image 3 of 9:  3 / 9Possibly the weirdest item we discovered. For the price of $500, you could be the proud owner of a 'hyena’s crotch.' Why, you might ask, would anyone want to own this? Well, listen up gentlemen. According to one Facebook seller from Iraq, this creepy item acts as an aphrodisiac and is guaranteed to attract the ladies with its magic powers.

(Source: Facebook)

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If you don’t fancy paying exorbitant prices for a brand new automobile, Facebook and Twitter may be your answer! There’s a wide array of cars for sale on Arab social media sites, although, allegedly, most are stolen. But if you need an affordable car, or enjoy the occasional game of Grand Theft Auto, this could be the place for you.
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Image 4 of 9:  4 / 9If you don’t fancy paying exorbitant prices for a brand new automobile, Facebook and Twitter may be your answer! There’s a wide array of cars for sale on Arab social media sites, although, allegedly, most are stolen. But if you need an affordable car, or enjoy the occasional game of Grand Theft Auto, this could be the place for you.

(Source: Facebook)

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These magnificent mammals make more than just a good pet. A camel makes an exciting alternative means of travel. Additionally, their wool would make a stylish coat this upcoming winter. If you’re interested, your own personal camel is just a Facebook click away.
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Image 5 of 9:  5 / 9These magnificent mammals make more than just a good pet. A camel makes an exciting alternative means of travel. Additionally, their wool would make a stylish coat this upcoming winter. If you’re interested, your own personal camel is just a Facebook click away.

(Source: Facebook)

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Ever wanted a watch with Saddam Hussein’s face on it? Well, you are in luck. But you better move quick, this item’s high in demand. There’s a fierce bidding war playing out in the comment section, with some Facebook users offering up to $8000 for the pleasure of staring into the eyes of an Iraqi dictator whenever you check the time.
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Image 6 of 9:  6 / 9Ever wanted a watch with Saddam Hussein’s face on it? Well, you are in luck. But you better move quick, this item’s high in demand. There’s a fierce bidding war playing out in the comment section, with some Facebook users offering up to $8000 for the pleasure of staring into the eyes of an Iraqi dictator whenever you check the time.

(Source: Facebook)

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Smoke in style with this golden shisha shaped like the Eiffel Tower. If you are looking to combine an opulent Middle Eastern experience with some classy French romance, here is the solution. For sale on a local Jordanian Facebook group, this one is bound to be snapped up fast.
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Image 7 of 9:  7 / 9Smoke in style with this golden shisha shaped like the Eiffel Tower. If you are looking to combine an opulent Middle Eastern experience with some classy French romance, here is the solution. For sale on a local Jordanian Facebook group, this one is bound to be snapped up fast.

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On sale for $500, the seller claims he found this ancient dinosaur bone ‘on the ground.’ While some have expressed interest, most in Facebook’s comment section seem dubious of the ‘dinosaur’ claim. But who knows, this random little piece of white bone could, in fact, be the real deal.
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Image 8 of 9:  8 / 9On sale for $500, the seller claims he found this ancient dinosaur bone ‘on the ground.’ While some have expressed interest, most in Facebook’s comment section seem dubious of the ‘dinosaur’ claim. But who knows, this random little piece of white bone could, in fact, be the real deal.

(Source: Facebook)

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If you are in search of Muammar Gaddafi’s Green Book, Facebook is the place to go! The book, detailing the political philosophy of the ex-Libyan dictator, was widely distributed throughout Libya during Gaddafi’s heyday. But you may need a small fortune to get your hands on one now, with some Facebook users offering up to $500 dollars for it.
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Image 9 of 9:  9 / 9If you are in search of Muammar Gaddafi’s Green Book, Facebook is the place to go! The book, detailing the political philosophy of the ex-Libyan dictator, was widely distributed throughout Libya during Gaddafi’s heyday. But you may need a small fortune to get your hands on one now, with some Facebook users offering up to $500 dollars for it.

(Source: Facebook)

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Many of these online weapon sales groups were shut down by the Facebook police. But social media restrictions have done little to dampen the online gun trade. While most of the groups are private and well hidden, with the right Facebook connections, you are one step away from forming your own personal army.

Image 1 of 9Many of these online weapon sales groups were shut down by the Facebook police. But social media restrictions have done little to dampen the online gun trade. While most of the groups are private and well hidden, with the right Facebook connections, you are one step away from forming your own personal army.

(Source: Facebook )

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Owning a cat or a dog is so mainstream nowadays. Fancy swimming against the stream when it comes to pet ownership? Well, you are in luck, particularly if you are in Saudi Arabia. With a quick Facebook search, a baby tiger can be yours today!

Image 2 of 9Owning a cat or a dog is so mainstream nowadays. Fancy swimming against the stream when it comes to pet ownership? Well, you are in luck, particularly if you are in Saudi Arabia. With a quick Facebook search, a baby tiger can be yours today!

(Source: Facebook)

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Possibly the weirdest item we discovered. For the price of $500, you could be the proud owner of a 'hyena’s crotch.' Why, you might ask, would anyone want to own this? Well, listen up gentlemen. According to one Facebook seller from Iraq, this creepy item acts as an aphrodisiac and is guaranteed to attract the ladies with its magic powers.

Image 3 of 9Possibly the weirdest item we discovered. For the price of $500, you could be the proud owner of a 'hyena’s crotch.' Why, you might ask, would anyone want to own this? Well, listen up gentlemen. According to one Facebook seller from Iraq, this creepy item acts as an aphrodisiac and is guaranteed to attract the ladies with its magic powers.

(Source: Facebook)

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If you don’t fancy paying exorbitant prices for a brand new automobile, Facebook and Twitter may be your answer! There’s a wide array of cars for sale on Arab social media sites, although, allegedly, most are stolen. But if you need an affordable car, or enjoy the occasional game of Grand Theft Auto, this could be the place for you.

Image 4 of 9If you don’t fancy paying exorbitant prices for a brand new automobile, Facebook and Twitter may be your answer! There’s a wide array of cars for sale on Arab social media sites, although, allegedly, most are stolen. But if you need an affordable car, or enjoy the occasional game of Grand Theft Auto, this could be the place for you.

(Source: Facebook)

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These magnificent mammals make more than just a good pet. A camel makes an exciting alternative means of travel. Additionally, their wool would make a stylish coat this upcoming winter. If you’re interested, your own personal camel is just a Facebook click away.

Image 5 of 9These magnificent mammals make more than just a good pet. A camel makes an exciting alternative means of travel. Additionally, their wool would make a stylish coat this upcoming winter. If you’re interested, your own personal camel is just a Facebook click away.

(Source: Facebook)

6

Ever wanted a watch with Saddam Hussein’s face on it? Well, you are in luck. But you better move quick, this item’s high in demand. There’s a fierce bidding war playing out in the comment section, with some Facebook users offering up to $8000 for the pleasure of staring into the eyes of an Iraqi dictator whenever you check the time.

Image 6 of 9Ever wanted a watch with Saddam Hussein’s face on it? Well, you are in luck. But you better move quick, this item’s high in demand. There’s a fierce bidding war playing out in the comment section, with some Facebook users offering up to $8000 for the pleasure of staring into the eyes of an Iraqi dictator whenever you check the time.

(Source: Facebook)

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Smoke in style with this golden shisha shaped like the Eiffel Tower. If you are looking to combine an opulent Middle Eastern experience with some classy French romance, here is the solution. For sale on a local Jordanian Facebook group, this one is bound to be snapped up fast.

Image 7 of 9Smoke in style with this golden shisha shaped like the Eiffel Tower. If you are looking to combine an opulent Middle Eastern experience with some classy French romance, here is the solution. For sale on a local Jordanian Facebook group, this one is bound to be snapped up fast.

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On sale for $500, the seller claims he found this ancient dinosaur bone ‘on the ground.’ While some have expressed interest, most in Facebook’s comment section seem dubious of the ‘dinosaur’ claim. But who knows, this random little piece of white bone could, in fact, be the real deal.

Image 8 of 9On sale for $500, the seller claims he found this ancient dinosaur bone ‘on the ground.’ While some have expressed interest, most in Facebook’s comment section seem dubious of the ‘dinosaur’ claim. But who knows, this random little piece of white bone could, in fact, be the real deal.

(Source: Facebook)

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If you are in search of Muammar Gaddafi’s Green Book, Facebook is the place to go! The book, detailing the political philosophy of the ex-Libyan dictator, was widely distributed throughout Libya during Gaddafi’s heyday. But you may need a small fortune to get your hands on one now, with some Facebook users offering up to $500 dollars for it.

Image 9 of 9If you are in search of Muammar Gaddafi’s Green Book, Facebook is the place to go! The book, detailing the political philosophy of the ex-Libyan dictator, was widely distributed throughout Libya during Gaddafi’s heyday. But you may need a small fortune to get your hands on one now, with some Facebook users offering up to $500 dollars for it.

(Source: Facebook)

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