Thanks for posting this. I find it amazing (in a bad way) when people around me talk about how great Dubai is. It's very common for people where I live (Scotland) to go there to work or holiday, and they either know nothing about this 'darker side' of the city, or have heard rumours and refuse to talk about it. They say stuff like, 'Oh that's just what it's like in that part of the world' (i.e. 'those foreigners don't have proper, civilised societies' - a pretty racist undertone). It's gross. I first read about Dubai specifically in a book 'Evil Paradises', by Mike Savage. It seems to me that it's an extreme example of what is found everywhere to some degree - uncontrolled capitalism. I understand when people react to documentaries like this by questioning what humanity is doing to itself and finding it very tragic, but it seems clear to me that it's about economics too, it's about capitalism. Which makes me angrier, but also makes me feel less helpless, because it's just an economic and political ideology, and these can, in theory, change. maybe? What do you think
I think you're absolutely right! Dubai is a great place no doubt (I would know, I was born and raised here) - probably a thousand times better regarding financial opportunities, security and livelihood than say, Pakistan or India. But the one major issue with the U.A.E. as a whole is, ignorance. There's a huge, huge elephant in the room and the our esteemed leaders/sheikhs simply refuse to acknowledge it -- but then, why should they? It's not their problem. I remember an Emirati (U.A.E. local) I met at the Department of Economic Development tell me once that "If these men are finding it so hard to work here, they are free to leave the country. They came here on their own, we didn't invite them. They work, we pay. They don't work, we say goodbye. Simple."