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01 May, 2006

The fatigue factor

It's no wonder Dubai authorities are feeling a little irritated. Used to the local press swallowing down whole their endless glowing promises and visions, it must be very trying when international media refuse to play ball.

And it must be even more galling when local papers reprint this "bad and wrong propaganda", as Labour Minister Dr Al Ka'abi describes it.

For the tide has finally, irrevocably turned. The rest of the world is growing as sick of Dubai as it was once fascinated by it. Megaprojects are as likely to draw a yawn as a gasp of wonder. Increasing international awareness of the plight of third world workers draws horror and disgust. As Gulf News (not without a sense of glee, one imagines, if the emails received from GN hacks disillusioned by this are any indication) notes:

Meanwhile, headlines in the international press have been hard hitting.

"Revolt stirs as Dubai aims high", wrote the Guardian; "Tourists become targets as Dubai workers take revolt to the beaches", said The Observer; "In UAE tales of Paradise lost", splashed the Washington Post.


It might be time for Dubai to roll up its ad banners, batten down the hatches and keep a lower profile for a while.

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22 Comments:

Blogger MuFi101 said...

Well, if the Dubai press cant give the real picture, someone's gotta!

01 May, 2006 04:20  
Blogger MuFi101 said...

and about time too...

need sleep now :-)zzz

01 May, 2006 04:23  
Blogger archer14 said...

The tide is high but I'm holding on
I'm gonna be your number one
I'm not the kind of city who gives up just like that
Oh, no

It's not the things you do that tease and wound me bad
But it's the way you do the things you do to me

01 May, 2006 09:50  
Blogger LdOnTheTop said...

I have to say im stunned and pleased to see there is even such a blog exists here ! that there are people like SD who realy cares and take the matter to his own hands and trying to make a difference!! I have been living here for the past 7 years (that long??!!) and i have witnessed alot. I myself have even collected some of the weblink from different newspapers of workers strikes and issue and sent to CNN and BBC. Its high time the whole world should know the true behind all these propoganda and glamours behind Dubai, and the point is, to make a difference, to improve, and SD , YOU ARE THE MAN !!! WAY TO GOO !! I am with you !

01 May, 2006 10:05  
Blogger secretdubai said...

If only the tide was high, archer, it might wash away a few things...

01 May, 2006 11:11  
Blogger Earthbound Misfit said...

I am really sick of these lazy workers.... and their sick manipulation of the media in spreading mean and vicious propaganda....

They should either work or leave...



Washington Post - Pardise Lost


Guardian - Dubai Revolt

The Observer - Dubai Revolt

01 May, 2006 11:30  
Blogger Harsha said...

if only they could really leave...

01 May, 2006 11:32  
Blogger za said...

good article

http://msnbc.msn.com/id/12538279/

01 May, 2006 11:42  
Blogger A Yahya said...

Although workers should be treated better and given better living conditions.. we have to remember that they wernt beaten and shackled when they came to the UAE. They came at their own free will.

As for Dubai press... I only read it coz my work requires that I have to..and enjoy the Non-Sequitor and Garfield cartoons

01 May, 2006 11:55  
Blogger archer14 said...

They came at their own free will.
The opposite is not possible without their passports. Duh.

01 May, 2006 12:11  
Blogger GMJ said...

i want to meet sheikh mohammed bin rashid over a cup-o-teay. we'll have a lot to discuss.

biggest statue is NOT cool.

01 May, 2006 12:49  
Blogger hannibal said...

a very apt blog on May 1, Labour Day.

01 May, 2006 14:38  
Blogger Dubai Spy said...

Earthbound Miss fit

If you were infront of me...I would smack the day lights out of you!!

I am really sick of these lazy workers.... and their sick manipulation of the media in spreading mean and vicious propaganda....

They should either work or leave...


Lazy Workers ?! You ignorant bastard, they built the building in which you're living, you are workin and the toilets where ur bullshitting for the price of dirt! All the profit is eaten by the so called 'local' owner and the banks.

And if you want them to leave...tell all locals to suit up in blue tracks and get to work!

I bet you wont even last 2 hours there! Next time think before you comment.

01 May, 2006 15:27  
Blogger Earthbound Misfit said...

Dubai Spy ....

I stand by my statement.

Now if I really hated the labourers why link to 3 stories that describe the plight.


If you need to know more about my comment....

Blinging Dubai

01 May, 2006 15:55  
Blogger Sox said...

earthbound misfit - oh comeon, you're not even trying.

They should also get those hideous workers busses off the road off our beautiful city, and get rid of any car over 3 years old and/or worth less than AED100,000.

Those workers camps in al quoz etc. should go too, move everyone of em to Sharjah or even better RAK, and we wouldn't have to look at them either.

That would clean the place up

01 May, 2006 15:58  
Blogger Princess said...

there was also a 1 page damning article in last monts Fortune magazine within the first 10 pages, outlining the slave labour in dubai. It's about time the outside world heard the real story.

It's all good saying that the workers came of their own free will, but i am quite sure they were not told that they would be treated like battery hens and not paid. Besides, it's no excuse for mistreating humans.

01 May, 2006 16:19  
Blogger Seabee said...

The old advertising truth - make sure the product's right before you advertise it.

Dubai wanted to be in the world's spotlight and has done a great job achieving that. The problem is that the product wasn't right...worker expoitation being one obvious thing...and the spotlight searches those things out as well as the good stuff. No-one should be surprised that the media publishes the bad as well as the good.

Maybe the pressure will bring the inevitable changes around a little faster.

01 May, 2006 17:35  
Blogger the perpetual refugee said...

The Dubai press is garbage.
It's garbage because all the bloody journalits are expatriates. One spelling mistake and your excommunicated.

This is the learning curve. If you want to play ball with the big boys, you play by their rules. Simple.

Reality has hit Dubai. Now the work really begins.

01 May, 2006 21:42  
Blogger the perpetual refugee said...

Based on my above spelling mistake, I plead with you not to excommunicate me...

I know that journalits died out a long time ago. Journalists replaced them because of their ability to copy press releases word for word.

01 May, 2006 23:06  
Blogger ownyourdreamvilla said...

About the 80 workers deported, nobody really questionned the attitude of the authorities who stormed the dormitories and took away all the workers in their sleeping dress to deport them. No court order, no innocent until prove guilty....
Not very cool...

02 May, 2006 13:24  
Blogger el condo said...

It ain't gettin better...it's gettin worse.

About Archer's tide, there's a big one coming...

First it was the stock market. Next in line is rents. And then the whole caboodle. Where every aspect of every activity is characterised primarily by unfettered greed...you'd better know what to expect.
The tide ain't gonna spare nobody.

02 May, 2006 14:04  
Blogger Wobblydangly said...

According to an editorial in today's Emirates Toady (letters page) Emirati children are being traumatised by the site of infidels kissing and cuddling in public. Apparently this is infringing upon people's personal freedom to go about doing their shopping without being offended.

03 May, 2006 20:15  

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