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The Sordid Reality Behind Dubai's Gilded Facade

From The Sunday Times
July 12, 2009
Sordid reality behind Dubai's gilded facade
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Construction halted, westerners jailed for adultery - but prostitutes do well

Rod Liddle

Andrew Blair says he will pick me up from outside my sleaze-bucket of a hotel, give it 20 minutes or so, got some work to finish off. He has a job again, contracts apparently “coming out of his ears”, which is good, because until recently he had earned a certain notoriety for not having a job and, more to the point, for the manner in which he went about finding a new one. He drove around Dubai, back in January this year, from the plug-ugly creek to the plug-ugly marina, in his white Porsche, with a sign in the back window saying he wanted a job; vroom vroom he went, gizza job. Scratch scratch scratch went the keys and coins along the side of his car whenever it was parked up.


Added: Jul-21-2009 Occurred On: Jul-20-2009
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Tags: Dubai, Depression, Repression, Recession. Digression, Opression, Confession
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  • interesting article,,, it just shows, Arabs are animals without brains, who made short money from oil, but once that runs out, they will go back to fuking camels and goats in the desert.Ie they have very little intelligence and have to depend upon brainpower from outside,, and they are so lazy that they even hav to import labour,,,speaks volumes.

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  • There should have been a "too long, didn't read" synopsis. Something like, "Dubai really sucks, don't buy into all the glamor."

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  • Great article and very true, Bahrain is as bad if not worse as it smaller, so more in your face. Mind you this is all driven by the Europeans, Americans and Australians who move there to have their slaves and Bling, Bling lifestyles. I would say the UAE has lost its way but it never really had a sense of direction and will fall apart in the next 20 years, just a monument to the morally corrupt world in which we live!

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  • Boom and bust happens.
    Why blame Westerners?

    Dubai was a great place and may yet make a rebound some day... if the Arabs don't spoil it.

    Was just there again and was pointing out to a few of my buddies that as we went out for the evening, most of the apartments all over town were dark.

    There are some really cool parts of Dubai, I especially like the Souk at the beginning of Jumeirah by the canals that are like Venice... some cool bars there.

    My buddies went nuts for the Russian hos More..

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  • Man, that was lengthy! Sorry I didn't read more than the first few lines. WTF. Who cares. Hope they die from aids. And good riddance.

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  • Good to know I won't ever be going there.

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