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Slaves Of Dubai

Journal Entry: Thu Dec 13, 2012, 7:42 AM


Fifteen minute documentary exposes the putrid reality behind one of the fastest growing cities in the world.

WARNING: Not for the faint of heart.

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batmantoo Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Khuram for sharing this!
I wish more awareness is there for the plight of these workers. As long as people don't know, things go on... it's business as usual. :(
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MARX77 Featured By Owner May 5, 2013   Photographer
"As long as people don't know, things go on... it's business as usual."
Well said, my friend.
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Jsvn Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
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
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013   Photographer
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."
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airamg Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
this is so hard too watch and think.. hope we'll live in a better world some day... :(
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012   Photographer
I hope so too.
It was very brave of you to watch. Kudos!
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mangawhio Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
An eye-opener, for sure. Thanks.
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012   Photographer
:ahoy:
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
Very sad to see this taking place in our so-called 'civilised and modern world'. Thanks for sharing.

Btw, how do you embed a video in your journal? I have tried that a couple times, but it didn't work.
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012   Photographer
Hi, Keld
Here ya go: [link]
And here's a youtube tutorial: [link] .
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
Thanks very much. Works perfectly :)
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AfricanObserver Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Very sad, but it's not limited to one country or regime. The degree of comfort that the developed world takes for granted is an unreality for a very large majority of this planet's population.

The degree of privilege entrenched by subsidies, tax systems, trade quotas etc is quite horrifying. Those who participated in the "Occupy" movement felt something of this. These guys, and the billions of people outside of privilege have no voice. Who cares about the person who picked the coffee beans, so long as the coffee isn't too expensive (or cold). Who cares that we have systematically eradicated subsistence farming by various illusions of 'progress' and development, whilst some very small minorities get rich and many poor people who could feed themselves starve.

I firmly believe that, in part, we need to eloquently tell these stories, of the inhumanity to humanity. Because the privileged will be drawn by the eloquence, and the 'art', and then some will be touched by the message.
These stories are on the fringes of every city, of every country, if we will open our eyes to what the world doesn't want us to see.

But the images are not 'cool', and not popular. Just important.

I guess I'm ranting, but the less we try, the more culpable we each are.
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012   Photographer
Well said, Sir!
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SUDOR Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
I had already seen a report as that one, I am not surprised, the modern supporters of slavery are everywhere, even if they are often hidden ; in France also we know this type of problems, television sometimes shows them...
Thank you Khuram.
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012   Photographer
It strange that with so much media technology at our disposal, we're still
oblivious to such atrocities that are being inflicted upon our fellow human beings.
Very sad.
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limarieinred Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for sharing this! Awareness is so important.
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012   Photographer
Thank you!
Only doing what little I can.
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JACAC Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
a s . i . u s u a l . s a y . w e . l i f e . i n . a . s t r a n g e . w o r l d ...
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012   Photographer
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JACAC Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
!!!
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AkronadoreR Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
What a wonderful world we made!
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012   Photographer
Indeed!
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Canankk Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
So sad Khuram. I felt a huge pain in my heart.
Humankind :no: Too much ambition, too much unevenness all around the world.
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012   Photographer
I can understand your pain, my friend. :(
One can only hope for the best.
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Y-KaFkAs Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012   Photographer
....or one can only fight for the best
NO JUSTICE NO PEACE!
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012   Photographer
Agreed!
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ZiaulKareem Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:(
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012   Photographer
:hug:
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PatrickMonnier Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Khuram,
Thanks for sharing. Very very hard to watch. One of the richest countries in the world; it seems like they shouldn't have to revert to slavery, but then again, others have done the same thing in the past... Slavery is not an economics issue...
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012   Photographer
Cheers, Patrick.
Only doing what little I can to help spread awareness.
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NunoCanha Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:no:
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012   Photographer
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mixdouble Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Faved...

Another great information...
the au pair girls from Philipines comes next...
Check if they have their passport...!

The Real villains are The AGENTS...!
buying and selling humans...for profit...

They are allowed in many countries...!
Dealing with other humans...
without any true laws...protecting...
without the comunity protecting...

When ordinary wheat is on the market...
it has been sold 100 times...and bought...
through a centre in Chicago...
Speculation is everywhere...

Free capitalism...means profit...or loss...
in all shades of life...

Greetings Khuram...Jakob.
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012   Photographer
So very true, Jakob, so very true.
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jim373 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012   Digital Artist
That is so incredibly fucked up!! :steaming:
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012   Photographer
And this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Things are worse. Much worse!
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jim373 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012   Digital Artist
It is so sickening to me.....
The ability for some people to treat other people as though they are worth less
than the mud scraped off the bottom of a boot is completely unfathomable to me...
and yet, it never surprises me, because I've come to expect it. :no: :steaming: :puke:
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Asher-Kinng Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Another ugly truth about City of Lights.
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012   Photographer
Absolutely.
Only a matter of time before this video gets blocked in the U.A.E.... :shrug:
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:iconbindii:
bindii Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I can't write here what I think. If I do they will jail me when I enter Dubai the next time...
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012   Photographer
We don't want that to happen. :D
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bindii Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
... and if so, promise you will come by every day and feed me with a Shawarma, a piece of fresh fruit
and a big cup of strong black tea with a hint of sugar? :giggle:

































































































































































































































































































? :D
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012   Photographer
:drool:
I think I should join you! :hungry:
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:iconbindii:
bindii Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
... yes, but who brings the food? :confused:
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012   Photographer
Why Bruno, of course!
Somebody's gotta bail us out ya know. ;)
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:iconbindii:
bindii Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well with his very diplomatic way there is a fat chance... :giggle:
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012   Photographer
Yikes!
Might as well order some fries to go with that shawarma, then. :D
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DougNZ Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Sickening, it reminded me of the slaves building the pyramids.
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012   Photographer
True.
When the authorities get a whiff of this video, they're gonna block it for sure.
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DougNZ Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
So get out on the streets, protest, set fire to stuff - I'm sure the Sheikhs wouldn't mind ;-)
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