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20 July, 2006

Salacious salons

The rocky emirate of Ras Al Khaimah is renowned for the endless infestation of massage parlours that plagues it. In a cunning twist, these parlours appear to be metamorphosing into equally dubious beauty salons, with one recently shut down for illegally "using male staff to provide services for women":

RAK's law prohibits men from providing beauty services for women.

However, neighbours said the facility had a bad reputation in the emirate and that it ran a prostitution cell which was being monitored by police.


Rak residents are upset by the increasing number of salons with their pictures of "scantily clad models, a breach of RAK's ethical code". It's always been a fascinating question as to why there should be so many personal hospitality facilities in such an unpopulous place. Once they shut down the salons, there'll doubtless be a rash of "spas" and "health clubs" cropping up.

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5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

horny people in RAK..or is it the lack of any other entertainment?

20 July, 2006 03:31  
Blogger Emirates Mac said...

So perhaps it's right to call them "saloons" not "salons"... (common mistake made by many "salons" it seems if you look at their signs ;-)

20 July, 2006 09:21  
Anonymous heretic said...

I think its partly because of the fact that many of the expats in RAK are bachelors. Besides, what other entertainment is there..?

20 July, 2006 11:27  
Anonymous toper said...

how bout in dubai? are men allowed to work in womens salons as well?

and what about doctors? are they allowed to check up women as well? coz i had an experience with a certain hospital, where the male doctor (g.p.) just pulled the shirt of my sister up (my sister had to hold her shirt to stop it from opening till her chest area) without even asking permission or warning her that he was goin to do it...

please enlighten me.. thanks

20 July, 2006 12:39  
Blogger Mise said...

My favourite sign in Abu Dhabi is 'Al Hoor Ladies Saloon'

Hey Toper... I don't believe there's such a thing as a Patient's Charter' in any of the hospitals I've visited here.

And unlike the welcome changes that have taken place in Europe, doctors here are still considered to be omnipotent and nurses treated as mere handmaidens.

21 July, 2006 09:41  

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