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06 December, 2005

Purse lost, hope not

It is stories like this that remind us that we really live in a rather large village:

"A reader lost her purse during the Dubai Sevens last Friday. She is desperate to get the thick black purse with white stripes back. It also has sentimental value. A finder’s fee will be given."

In most cities, someone losing a purse would have no hope of recovering it. In the sandlands, the papers abound with tales of honest cabbies returning briefcases stuffed with cash to their absentminded owners.

Theft and crime may be on the rise, but it is comforting to know that we live in a place where people can still be decent and honest. And a place in which people routinely leave tens of thousands of dollars in cash and jewellery lying around.



Blogger moryarti said...

Something almost identical happened to me last September that made me truely believe that there is still some decent and honest people out there ..

i am honored to know one of them.

06 December, 2005 09:07  
Blogger Parv said...

On the flip side, a friend's house got broken into a few days 6:00 in the evening. They lost about five grand worth of belongings.

Last night, another friend's phone got stolen at a bar in the Madinat.

I'm not coming across too many decent people sadly.

06 December, 2005 09:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SecretDubai obviously doesn't want to brag, but she should. This blog has been nominated as one of the best Middle Eastern blogs of 2005.

If you agree, vote early and vote often! The rules allow you to vote once every day. (Unfortunately, they've built in systems to prevent cheating . . .)

Anyway, win or lose, Good on you, SD!

06 December, 2005 11:00  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bugger. The bloody link didn't work. Well, I'll try again. If it's still too long, you can vote at Secret Dubai Diary has been nominated in the "Best Middle East or Africa Blog" category.

06 December, 2005 11:05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

congrats SD

06 December, 2005 13:48  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

have you seen the letter in 7 days. woman found a handbag on the bus. Same one?

06 December, 2005 13:53  
Blogger samuraisam said...

insurance, insurance, insurance.

06 December, 2005 13:56  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm having a problem accessing this site today...

is the poxy server up to its tricks???

06 December, 2005 14:40  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Be careful: if you accidentally insert an "r" into word "poxy", you'll make this site fall foul of the dreaded filters... :-)

06 December, 2005 19:22  
Blogger snow white said...

Contradict this with a friend of mine who had her purse stolen from media City, credit cards used to the cost of Dhs12k within hours.

06 December, 2005 19:41  
Blogger sandsOfTime said...

SD: There has always been this myth that Dubai used to have little to no crime. However, the truth is that the media was severely limited in what it could report until recently so it was almost taboo to report on crime in the country. Alot of what we read about in the newspapers today is the media catching up to the reality of crime in Dubai. In other words, take the same precautions that you would take anywhere else. Dubai in general has less crime than other major cities, but those statistics are not going down.

06 December, 2005 21:18  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whilst over in Dubai last week a friend took a taxi from the Royal Mirage to visit me at the Grosvenor House. She left her camera on the back seat and the Taxi drove off. We reported it to the staff at the Grosvenor and when we returned from having dinner at the Buddah Bar they informed us that the Camera had been handed in at the Police Staion and gave us a reference number to go and collect it the next day. Nowhere else in the world would this of happened and speaks volumes for the fantastic staff at the Grosvenor and the honesty of the people of Dubai.

06 December, 2005 22:53  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have voted for sd.

lets start a campaign for sd. she should win this!

she is amazing

07 December, 2005 02:03  
Blogger secretdubai said...

Thank you! I don't think I stand a chance though, Iraq is well in the lead.

Politically I'd most like to see the Iranian one win.

07 December, 2005 02:08  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


True, Iraq The Model will probably win. They won last year but they get something like 2 million visitors a year.

At least, though, you could put up the finalist logo on the blog so that we, your loyal readers, would know about the nomination and know how to vote for you!

I know you're modest, but come on -- there's such a thing a being too humble for your own good!

07 December, 2005 03:52  
Blogger Tim Newman said...

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07 December, 2005 03:53  
Blogger Tim Newman said...

Most aspects of Arabic culture (or at least, the parts of it I have seen and been exposed to) I either dislike or simply uninterested in. However, it has to be said that the culture by which people here keep their hands off other peoples' stuff and refrain from stealing anything which isn't tied down is highly commendable, and I wish somehow this could be exported to the UK. Being able to leave your car parked anywhere and a laptop in the back without worry is a huge bonus of living here.

07 December, 2005 03:55  
Blogger _sublime_ said...

When violent crime starts to become common here I will begin to worry...the greed crime I can cope with.

07 December, 2005 14:17  

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