The dark side of Dubai Tuesday, 7 April 2009
Dubai was meant to be a Middle-Eastern Shangri-La, a glittering monument to Arab enterprise and western capitalism. But as hard times arrive in the city state that rose from the desert sands, an uglier story is emerging. Johann Hari reports
Looking at the "Bright Side" of Dubai
Earlier this week The Independent published a lengthy article by Johann Hari headlined “The Dark Side of Dubai.” One of the prominent emiratis featured, Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi, hits back at the report.
Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi: If you think Dubai is bad, just look at your own country Friday, 10 April 2009
Scathing Article in the Independent on Dubious Dubai
TreeHugger — ... before I realised – everything in Dubai is fake. Everything you see. The trees are fake, the workers' contracts are fake, the islands are fake, the smiles are fake – even the water is fake!" But she is trapped, she says. She got into debt to come here, and she is stuck for three years: an old story now. "I think Dubai is like an oasis. It is an illusion, not real. You think you have seen water in the distance, but you get close and you only get a mouthful of sand." Read it all in the Independent. A lot of people are suggesting that the article is over the top and not an ...