In spite of UAE local exhibitor Grand Cinemas, which refused to play the film in their chain, the film was still successfully released in the UAE, admitting almost 28,000 people, making this the 2nd biggest foreign film ever to be released in the Gulf region after The Passion of the Christ (2004).
in the Lebanese theatrical version of the film, the scene where the goats enter the Holy Mosque, the speaker comes off with a squeeky sound, while in the uncut version of the film, the director intended to make the audience hear the sounds of goats. This was deemed offensive by local authorities and therefore Nadine Labaki was forced to change the audio coming from the speaker.
Was released in Qatar by Front Row Filmed Entertainment in conjunction with the Doha Film Institute at the Museum of Islamic Arts as local exhibitors refused to release it on screens. The film became the highest grossing "foreign language" film release in Qatar.
The scene where Antoinette says "My Ass is a dictionary" was censored in UAE theaters as local censorship authorities deemed this offensive only when spoken in Arabic. Had the film been in English, the scene would have stayed as is.