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15 May, 2006

Timeshare Dubai-style

Welcome to the concept of a bedspace. A bedspace is a timeshare in a bed. It is used by people in Dubai - generally Asian migrant workers - who are so poor that they cannot even afford to rent part of a room.

Instead they team up with someone working an opposite shift - perhaps a night watchman - and share the bed at different times. Quite what happens on the weekend is anyone's guess, but it's doubtless even less comfortable.

Interestingly, the bedspace has a long and glorious history in Dubai. Back in the early days of the oil boom, when there were few hotels and thousands of foreign businesspeople arriving by the day, the Intercontinental on the Creek used to double-book beds. It was quite normal, if disconcerting, for a German businessman to arrive back at his room to find a sleeping Syrian businessman occupying half of it. Or for a British oil executive to wake up in the morning to the sound of a Dutch counterpart arriving with his suitcases.

How times haven't really changed at all.

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32 Comments:

Blogger samuraisam said...

Realistically, I don't think they'd have weekends at all.

15 May, 2006 14:05  
Blogger Desert Lady said...

That's a very valid point Sam.

15 May, 2006 15:09  
Blogger Cokey said...

Lol !! This puny country is in a MESS !!

15 May, 2006 16:11  
Blogger CG said...

perhaps we can blame their 'holding of hands' etc on the fact that once they have become bed-fellows, why stop at that?

15 May, 2006 16:38  
Blogger A Yahya said...

okey cokey

15 May, 2006 18:50  
Blogger nzm said...

We heard a similar thing in Jordan at the Amman Kempinski in February.

An American checking in, saying in a loud voice, I understand that you don't have a room for me, but surely YOU understand that I DO NOT want to share with a complete stranger.

At least they told him first! :-)

15 May, 2006 19:41  
Blogger Cokey said...

Another Topic we can divert this post to is.."How GAY Dubai Is right now!"

Reallly.....The country's local gays are FREAKKY !!

Usual Scenario: Two 17 yr olds with two 18 yr old cruising around in a land cruiser and...Oooo they spot a young local boy riding a bike ALLL alone...(it can be a xpat arab, pakistani boy or an indian)

Mmmmmmm....now they all get horny and all the 'locals' want to have SEX (the biggest achivement they can ever have) So they decide to pick this lil kid and drive him/her to the desert.

Now comes the best part....They rape him all together. Over and over and over. And yess...they have done it. The poor boy/girl suffers the whole night and they drop him back at his place. (how concerned)

Climaxxx..

Ooo no, in the end when they were showing their kind gesture, somebody sees their number plate !!! The father calls the police...and UAE police acts lightening speed and arrest the culprits in 3 hours !!(all they have to do is run a number plate check)

Poor boys are in jaill...The judge had a good night and he passes his judgement "You will be sentenced for 2 years and you dont have to compensate with the victim. we dont care what hes gone thru."

Now the Gay boys are in jail...the victim living his traumatic life. BUT heres the catch. All the local gays fathers have 'wasta' and they all realesed in 2 months without any questions living happily ever after!!

Therefore increasing their Gay community.

16 May, 2006 07:25  
Blogger Cokey said...

Ah and yes...Good morning !

16 May, 2006 07:29  
Blogger A Yahya said...

What i dont understand is, why do people who hate this country and its people so much, insist on hanging around.

Anyway back to the subject, the bedspace thing is quite common not just amongst indians but also Arabs and Europeans as well, even those with good jobs. People who suddenly find themselves working across emirates may have no choice but to take a bed in a large room in a villa or apartment because it is difficult to find an appartment.

Personally unless I am with friends, i'd rather travel the distance than share a room with three or four other guys...

16 May, 2006 08:35  
Blogger archer14 said...

i'd rather travel the distance than share a room with three or four other guys...
Thats what 9/10 people want. Then why is it that they still choose to be 'sardined'?

You have to be blind if you can't see why...

16 May, 2006 10:15  
Blogger dubaiguy said...

Best thing I heard recently is times are getting so tough in Dubai, they are now offering "Half Bed Spaces", meaning that some enterprising guy has rented a studio in Deira, and put as many queen size beds as he can in there, and rents two people a single bed. Amazing what people will do to live here and get by.

16 May, 2006 11:28  
Blogger archer14 said...

What happened to the story on people 'camping' in their cars 24/7?

16 May, 2006 12:16  
Blogger Tim Newman said...

That's nothing. The practice of bachelors killing themselves just so they get to sleep in the mortuary has been going on for some time now. Apparently, one chap killed himself, slept in the mortuary, went to work the next day and came back to find the mortuary attendant insisting that he share a slab with another dead guy for a few hours until that one could go to work.

16 May, 2006 13:38  
Blogger aussie70 said...

people who need to share a bed to just get by here should go home. If it is that tough for them I am sure that they would be better off in their home countires unless they are running away from something , political problems, civil distrubances or even a credit card debt. If you really have to share a bed to live in glitzy Dubai and you are just getting by , then you might need a head check . Go home and work in your home countries I am sure you will be better off and not have to share a bed. The only people who should share beds are "Cyclone Christy's"

16 May, 2006 13:39  
Blogger Minkey Chief said...

Er aussie70, the people who are sharing beds in Dubai will go home and most likely share huts half the size of a Bur Dubai studio with a family of 14. Probably with a canal of raw sewage flowing just outside the door. And four handfuls of rice to last to the end of the month.

16 May, 2006 16:12  
Blogger The Wanderer said...

Amazed at the ignorance of aussie70..surely you haven't been around here long enough.

16 May, 2006 21:01  
Blogger EnglishTeacher365 said...

I suppose it's only a matter of time before some Sheikh Sillyhat issues an order banning bed-sharing as 'immoral' and 'anti-muslim'. Although,
I guess most of the guys sharing beds are not muslims, anyway(?).

Actually, there are a few women at work I'd like to share a bed with. D'you think I could pull 'em if I showed 'em the article?!

16 May, 2006 21:35  
Blogger BuJ said...

that is really sad.. the gulf is widening in many ways than one.. but it's very important to highlight this. Thanks SD.

i am mildly surprised that the intercon used to double book. it's not that old a hotel (although one of the first in the city). i should ask dad.

17 May, 2006 02:02  
Blogger secretdubai said...

buj - one old-timer told me that people would book rooms for months on end at the Intercon (and elsewhere) just to hang on to them.

Ask your father if he ever heard of the Bon Vivant. This was apparently a decommissioned Greek cruise ship with no A/C that was moored on the Creek and used for accommodation for business execs. The heat was so stifling that people couldn't sleep, and would come out on deck in the middle of the (hot, sweaty) night just for relief.

17 May, 2006 03:08  
Blogger BuJ said...

SD.. will ask and report back!
I'm sure he'll know.. or at least he'll know someone that does..
was this in UAE's time or Trucial States' time i wonder...

17 May, 2006 10:33  
Blogger Seabee said...

buj & sd, yes it's true. I was here back then and people did share rooms at the Inter.Con.

I even have a photo of the Bon Vivant on my blog, back in the March Archive. (There was another one moored in Sharjah called the Flotel.)

That was in 1977, so we were about six years into the UAE. Dubai really took off in '73 with the oil price hike and Beirut imploding, so business moved here and the city boomed. Business people poured in...to not much in the way of hotel accommodation!

17 May, 2006 14:44  
Blogger aussie70 said...

minkey monkey:
Er aussie70, the people who are sharing beds in Dubai will go home and most likely share huts half the size of a Bur Dubai studio with a family of 14. Probably with a canal of raw sewage flowing just outside the door. And four handfuls of rice to last to the end of the month.

great stuff so it is actually the same in their home countries for them ! at least they don't sleep in bed with a stranger from the same sex !! and then turns into a poof . This is not a charity state. neither is any other country in the world. They might be sharing beds and living in a sardine case in Karama but they must be making money. If they aren't then they should leave . These people choose to live like this. If it really bothers you both why don't you go and donate your nice comfortable bed to them.

17 May, 2006 14:59  
Blogger Peep said...

When you get paid like 1000 dirhams/month, its not like you have a choice? Its the real estate boom that is driving everybody live together, its not like they want to do it. They just don't have any other option.

17 May, 2006 15:51  
Blogger ironcurtain24 said...

Hi ppl,

me just wanna say.. bed sharing doesnt make people gay in dubai... The ppl of Dubai, actually most of them are already gays.....especially locals...
Best greetigs.. IC

18 May, 2006 21:13  
Blogger Emirati said...

didnt you know yahya, he is sticking around to ride his bike around satwa :)

18 May, 2006 23:48  
Blogger 9mm said...

actually bedspace is NOT a bloody time share concept. It's a single bed in a room for a single person and is not shared by different ppl at different times. Get ur bloody facts rite

31 October, 2006 02:07  
Blogger secretdubai said...

It's a single bed in a room for a single person and is not shared by different ppl at different times. Get ur bloody facts rite

Bedspaces are shared by more than one person when circumstances get really strained.

1. Try reading the linked article.
2. Get "ur" bloody facts "rite" before making a rude, ignorant idiot of yourself on someone else's site.
3. And get your spelling right while you're about it, rather than adding illiteracy to your heap of cretinry.

31 October, 2006 03:08  
Blogger FRANK said...

It's time now to boycott Duabia until they provide safety to local gays who are afraid to "come out" or else they may be jailed or worse. Recently, 12 gay men were forced by the authorities to undergoe forced tersterone treatment. This so so wrong. Tell all your friends to boycott Dubai, please?

22 April, 2008 13:13  
Blogger FRANK said...

It's time now to boycott Duabia until they provide safety to local gays who are afraid to "come out" or else they may be jailed or worse. Recently, 12 gay men were forced by the authorities to undergoe forced tersterone treatment. This so so wrong. Tell all your friends to boycott Dubai, please?

22 April, 2008 13:13  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello,

I am Indian my new job in Dubai next month my salary 15000/- Indian Rs.

Please Help Me One Room
And Any Tips

S78648007@Yahoo.co.in
Sumit_vyaslove@yahoo.com

19 July, 2008 09:35  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is the thing that people have between their legs the only thing that matters?

20 September, 2010 16:37  
Blogger Alexander said...

It's about time they legalized homosexuality in Dubai.

All the local men seem to be gay.

23 October, 2010 05:54  

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