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10 February, 2006

Hello Dolly

The only thing nastier than the idea of someone using a sex doll is the idea of multiple strangers sharing one.

But that's the latest great business idea from the rocky land of RAK, where a sports shop was renting sex dolls to its clients. Sadly the authorities have now shut down what the owner claims was very "good business":

He said the dolls were rented for a day to clients, selected solely on the basis of recommendation from previous customers.

He said his teenage clients were willing to pay a sizeable amount for the "facility".

The idea of recommendation is as fascinating as it is disturbing. Was some sort of created for detailed reviews and ratings?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The shop owner, during questioning, confessed to the officials that it was "good business".

"Officials from the department also raided several shops in the area and seized illegal impotency drugs and creams. All the shops were issued spot fines ranging from Dh500 to Dh1,000."

I wouldn't be suprised to see the same shop operating under a different title again..

10 February, 2006 03:22  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If something is dodgy in the middle east, blam it on the west, as usual

10 February, 2006 03:45  
Blogger samuraisam said...

Farked by moi.

10 February, 2006 04:22  
Blogger One Nine Seven One said...

RAK Again? This is becoming more than a joke now.

10 February, 2006 08:49  
Blogger John B. Chilton said...

I have recommended the GN story for inclusion in the category of "markets in everything" at Marginal Revolution.

10 February, 2006 10:20  
Blogger Neglected-ism said...

Oh dear...what's with RAK?

10 February, 2006 11:08  
Blogger samuraisam said...

Oh dead... what's NOT with RAK?

10 February, 2006 11:24  
Blogger Rock.the.Casbah said...

Ok, ok.

I feel I should defend my emirate here. Which will be difficult given our media coverage.

You see, I've got this theory. I think there are two main Gulf News reporters from RAK - one who hangs out in Saqr hospital (who brings reports like the man who died during the 100m race at his son's sports day) and Nasouh Nazzal, who reports the raunchier/quirkier side of things (like the other RAK story in the news today about the man who wanted to visit Bush on the moon by leaping off his building).

But if you read the business section, you'll see the other side to RAK too.

10 February, 2006 12:02  
Blogger Rock.the.Casbah said...

Yeah, I know you are probably snickering about the RAK underwear company at this point.

But did it occur to anyone that he might have started the company just to invest in the RAK stock exchange - a very clever business idea actually, even if his company is a flop.

10 February, 2006 12:05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Better a Blow up doll than a Camel !!!

10 February, 2006 12:28  
Blogger trobriander said...

‘Sharing’ the same sex doll!!!

Have these guys ever wondered if the shop owner was ever inclined towards sanitizing the rented dolls after each go? I really hope they did not rely on the smell!

I would recommend a health check up, seriously.

10 February, 2006 15:28  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's see, we have the winner of the Stupidest Person in the UAE award being fired for distributing those cartoons to her students at ZU, but what does SD decide to run instead? Oh yes, a couple more stories from "wacky" RAK.

Of course, we yokels up here all know you Dubains are SOOOO sophisticated and cosmopolitan, even Claudia Kiburz.

/sarcasm off

I must admit there is a certain amount of schadenfreude to be enjoyed by seeing someone from Dubai do something at a level of stupidity that we in RAK can only dream of aspiring to.

10 February, 2006 15:49  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


did you hear about the one about the guy caught in a intimate position with a goat and oops he was unable to seperate himself.

of course this one happened in sharjah.

10 February, 2006 16:02  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was also wondering why SD didnt mention anything about the ZU professor.

Maybe its because her sympathies lie with that professor?

Of course i may be wrong!

10 February, 2006 16:36  
Blogger secretdubai said...

I'm bored shitless of the cartoon debate and have no desire to read about it any more, much less to blog about it.

For the record: my sympathies will always lie with full freedom of speech.

But since I blog in an eastern country where the majority of residents disagree with that viewpoint, I see no point an endless, angry, irresolvable debate by rehashing the issue. Plenty of other blogs are discussing it: go there if you want to participate in debate.

This blog has no manifesto to cover certain types of stories, nor any political agenda. I cover what interests, amuses and intrigues me.

So I am not trying to convert anyone else to my viewpoint of freedom of speech, nor do I wish anyone else to try and convert me to theirs. Live and let live.

Anon: I would definitely have covered that goat story, it sounds absolutely hilarious, but unfortunately I missed it - do you have a link for it?

10 February, 2006 17:23  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found very interesting things in your blog.
It's always a very nice surprise when you meet somebody who has the same opinions and thoughts.
Greetings from Poland.

10 February, 2006 17:40  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Am with SD on this one, the cartoon thing is being done over and over and nothing is going to change anyone's viewpoints, which are pretty much set in stone already.
Chill and just enjoy the distraction of reading something amusing/weird for a change.

10 February, 2006 17:51  
Blogger desertblog said...

RAK.. I can only shake my head.

10 February, 2006 18:38  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RAK sounds like the kinkiest place in the UAE going by these stories. Although less reminiscent of Hollywood-type kinky and more of the in-bred Appalachian 'Elmer get of that thar goat' kind of kinky.

10 February, 2006 21:12  
Blogger Cracking Boy said...

There is be a protest planned in Dubai. Following signs are printed and ready for distribution:





10 February, 2006 21:19  
Blogger trobriander said...

"This blog has no manifesto to cover certain types of stories, nor any political agenda. I cover what interests, amuses and intrigues me. So I am not trying to convert anyone else to my viewpoint of freedom of speech, nor do I wish anyone else to try and convert me to theirs. Live and let live."

> SD, way to go lady. I’d love to paste the above up as disclaimer in all of my business emails in the UAE. LOL

I love it.

10 February, 2006 22:23  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SD. It has just hit me. I have a crush on you. You are smart, witty and insightful. No wonder I keep stalking your blog.

(and at least I'm less likely to be only after a ONS ;-)

10 February, 2006 23:18  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RAK people, why don't you publish a paper and start to reveal Dubai's scandals?

10 February, 2006 23:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Freedom of speech you say ?

Firstly, I think the media should exercise restraint in certain senstive matters. How would New Yorkers react to cartoons of terror stricken people leaping out of WTC ? (posing the question - risk death by staying or face certain death by jumping ?). Utter and complete abhorence I should think, and rightly so.

Let's face it - the rags reprinting these reprehensible cartoons are only using cheap distasteful gimmicks to get on the map.

SD since you are in the media why don't you research this question that's been bugging me :-

Why is it that debating the holocaust is a criminal offence in some of the same countries now yapping the freedom of expression mantra ? Why doesn't freedom of speech count in this case ? Why indeed !

(In case ur wondering - I am not muslim or arab - have nothing against israel or anyone else - just a regu'lar ol' wasp dude fed up with all the two-faced bull-crap out there.)

10 February, 2006 23:34  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

btw iirespect what you have already stated above and in no way intend to convert you or start a debate on ur lovely blog.


10 February, 2006 23:38  
Blogger Rock.the.Casbah said...

Anon. @ 23:30

"RAK people, why don't you publish a paper and start to reveal Dubai's scandals?"

Psh. We are too busy outside enjoying the beach and the mountains.

11 February, 2006 00:06  
Blogger secretdubai said...

Why is it that debating the holocaust is a criminal offence in some of the same countries now yapping the freedom of expression mantra ?

You know, just a few months ago I had a HEATED debate with a friend about how abhorrent I find this law. It is antithetical to free speech, and a real example of hypocrisy in the western world. Back then, my friend disagreed, now however they've come round to finding that law as inappropriate as I do - partly because of recent events.

Any charges of hypocrisy levelled at European countries by Middle Eastern countries over this law are entirely justified. Because this law is unjustified. It smacks of less enlightened eras when people were prosecuted for blasphemy claiming the earth revolved around the sun, not the other way round.

Personally, I think holocaust denial - given the vast amount of evidence available - is stupid and usually motivated by anti-semitism. But I still think holocaust deniers should be able to publish their theories, if only to enable more impartial historians to demolish them.

11 February, 2006 00:56  
Blogger trobriander said...

@Tim Sawyer
(How would New Yorkers react to cartoons of terror stricken people leaping out of WTC ?)

> I have already seen those. But honestly I have no idea how did the New Yorkers react in their city.

@ Why is it that debating the (holocaust is a criminal offence in some of the same countries now yapping the freedom of expression mantra ?)

(SD, peace) so say I.

> Why go that far. Today when I write about the US’s war crimes in Iraq I immediately get stamped as Al Qaeda sympathizer and a Jihadis’ friend. My home Norton Internet Security intercepts on average 3 attacks a day from USA!!

I wish someone could blog on taboo issues and let it ride (I have no time) By the way, you would be surprised how many Arab Muslims sound so Gringos!

11 February, 2006 01:09  
Blogger Cracking Boy said...

I love it! RAK sex doll turned into debate about holocaust... Heeha!

See, still the cartoon context is rocking....

11 February, 2006 03:06  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow...All this comes from RAK!!!!
Yuck is the simple word to describe how I feel...but why? when there are many many many real women to use?? you can pay as little as 50$ to get one! i dont get are men I guess..
And YES SD...I wont be suprised if they reopened the store again under another name..remember "SPA THERA" in Jumairah..they were caught video taping women (some naked) getting all sorts of treatments there (Lazer, waxing, massage)..and what shocked me ..its open under the same name!!!
The goat an old story...nobody caught the guy..he came to the hospital...
In my training as an emergency phsyciscian in Toronto a guy came caught with a dog who's sphincter would not let go of and lots of creepy men out there..
I thought it was the heat in Dubai...
I guess this doll thing comes with the package of Globalization...sure is serving our teenage kids here..they sure are getting "modern".

And lets not talk about the has nothing to do with the doll...

11 February, 2006 07:10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RAK people, why don't you publish a paper and start to reveal Dubai's scandals?

Well, I get the feeling that the journalists at the Gulf News and the Khaleej Times are a lot less eager to print the sort of stories you get from RAK when writing about Dubai. I am sure that there is just as much weirdness going on in the big city, but the journalists are too busy writing about the latest mega monster mall/housing complex/amusement park/highway interchange to bother mentioning the weird stuff.

However, on the point of the American Idiot who just got fired for distributing those cartoons, perhaps we in RAK, who are not coccooned in housing complexes with access to Spinney's or Choitrams or this pub or that night club, and who actually spend a bit of time working with and living amongst Emiratis, know that such an action would be entirely unacceptable.

Do people living in Dubai have any concept of what the Gulf Arab society, culture and people are all about, or have you all shut yourselves off in your little luxury enclaves, trying to recreate the society you had back home, but with hotter weather?

11 February, 2006 10:09  
Blogger KL said...

I never knew that there were adult shops in the UAE

11 February, 2006 14:59  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SD - it's just that the "ban on all holocaust debate" law was enacted in modern times, and not in the dark ages, which would have been excusable today..

that can only mean that someone has something to hide / cover up.

research the evidence (which you speak of) with an unbiased mind - who knows it may just propel ur blog to a different level (and probably shock you at how easy it is to manipulate the masses)

PS. if u want i can throw a few pointers your way, but it's preferable you find out on your own.

11 February, 2006 21:34  
Blogger secretdubai said...

tim sawyer - do feel free to email me those pointers if you like, [my username here] at gmail. I may be away for the next few days though. Thanks!

11 February, 2006 21:44  
Blogger the shadow said...


Massage parlours, camels, urination, now sex just keeps getting better and better :)

11 February, 2006 23:11  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are any of you aware that an Egyptian newspaper actually published the same cartoons last year during ramadan???

11 February, 2006 23:34  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You editorialized:

Sadly the authorities have now shut down what the owner claims was very "good business"

and sadly is hardly a word I would use to describe the closing down of an establishment that allows multiple use of the same item where no doubt bodily fluids are deposited. If you think that practice is not worth shutting down, I can see why the locals hate us expats.

12 February, 2006 09:31  
Blogger Hot Lemon& Honey said...

! anonymous 12 February, 2006 09:31
Dont you think that SD was just being sarcastic?

12 February, 2006 12:04  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sadly for the owner of the business

12 February, 2006 12:06  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

there is a lot going on in RAK, it might be worth a visit. ;0

12 February, 2006 13:02  
Blogger Desert Girl said...

Greetings from Kuwait - where the men are men and the sheep are afraid. :) (Just kidding Kuwaiti dudes - just a joke. Really.)

I think the big question of your post is: WHAT really became of the dolls after they shut down the shop? Do you think that someone out there is hosting guys and DOLLS parties? LOL!

12 February, 2006 17:56  
Blogger Hot Lemon& Honey said...

@Desert Girl
you seriously should reconsider your sense of humour..
Not Funny AT ALL...

12 February, 2006 21:42  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't imagine a guy stuck with a goat..! Anyway, how does it gets stuck? I wonder..*haha*

Curiousity rans in the mind of this teenager.

12 February, 2006 23:19  
Blogger Desert Girl said...

The Shrink: Lighten up. You obviously missed the humor of the entire situation. If you really are a shrink, however. I forgive you because I am quite certain that you lost your sense of humor in school.

13 February, 2006 11:12  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey SD fuck you.. you dumbass bitch.

13 February, 2006 19:02  
Blogger Hot Lemon& Honey said...

@ desert girl..
I still think your sense of humour is as stupid as your question...
Kuwait>US stay in US until you get some education on how to laugh WITH other people

13 February, 2006 20:43  
Blogger Desert Girl said...

THE STINK: "Kuwait>US stay in US until you get some education on how to laugh WITH other people." Wow. You obviously have some problems with prejudice and attitude, but I don't believe this is the forum to discuss them.

I apologise to Secret Dubai.

14 February, 2006 13:40  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

for all those stupid people who dont understand and respect other countries customs......if you dont like dubai ...get the fuck out of here...the rules are rules..and between if i publish ur mother banging neighbours on a guna d what these muslims are doing ........

20 June, 2008 10:06  

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