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15 August, 2006

Margery arrives

Margery's first conquest takes place just seconds after landing at Dubai airport, as the spinster schoolmarm is immediately surrounded by a flock of handsome pilots in the carpark lift, falling over themselves to carry her luggage for her.

But alas! Margery has her heart set on fantasies of a Rudolph Valentino-esque Arabian prince, so the gallant airmen must concede defeat.

Wild Wadi may be a good place to begin her fifth quest for sandlands suitors:

"Women enjoying a ladies night at a water park had to hide under their towels and run for cover after men were spotted on the balcony of a nearby hotel taking pictures. One woman told 7DAYS how she was queuing to enter Wild Wadi on Thursday night when she saw three men with cameras on a balcony of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel."



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, cos the market for photos of fat birds on rubber rings is wide open.

15 August, 2006 08:42  
Blogger Insipid Chagrin said...

Heh heh!

Fat boirds, rubber rings
Vouyeristic snapping in full swing

Peeping Toms, leery larries
Can't help but feel for the Margeries

Fouling up on cultural sensitivity
Even if the JBH view ain't at all pretty

But, SD, the blokes on the balconey were tourists, right. Hence the explanation of 'cultural sensitivities'. So they wouldn't quite fit the Arabian Prince fantasies, would they?

15 August, 2006 09:25  
Blogger dubaibaggie said...

cellulite on celluloid

15 August, 2006 09:31  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Secret Dubai I've got Neo counter but I don't know how to put it to the sides, it's in the centre of my blog, can you tell me how to put it on the side? and how did you get that subscribe to newsletter thing?


15 August, 2006 10:24  
Blogger SIN said...

Give it a few months and the residents of the Marinas' will start their own forum on the peeping Toms and Tims from the neighbouring buildings.

You can practically count the nose hair of the folks from the neighbouring blocks.

15 August, 2006 10:24  
Blogger dontfearfreedom said...

Perhaps they were shooting for the new Greenpeace save the whales article?

Why don't the photographers try 'dogging' on the beach? There's more to see there according to yesterday's blog!

15 August, 2006 11:43  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

they couldnt possibly be all overweight ... would they have ducked under their towels if 3 women were on the balcony takings pics?

15 August, 2006 11:49  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a waste of film. I've been to Wild Wadi recently, and I'd have to say quality control's dipped considerably. Unless chubby chicks is your thing.

15 August, 2006 16:12  
Blogger sam said...

Strange, last time I went to WW it was the other way around, some were using handycams to peek at the ladies on the baclcony of the hotel.It seems history is repeating itself in a strange way.

15 August, 2006 16:59  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

off topic, but have you seen Time Mag's coolest 50 websites ?


How long till Etisalat blocks 'em all?

15 August, 2006 21:35  
Blogger Taunted said...

pssst, wanna buy some naughty photos?

16 August, 2006 09:56  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since we are a wee bit off topic... here's another one... anyone read Wikipedia's description of Khaleej Times???

Couldn't stop laughing for 10 mins...

16 August, 2006 09:57  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Out of Subject.
Is Skype application Blocked??
Today morning its not logging in.
Any one have the same problem??

16 August, 2006 10:05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gujjubhai: Great link!
I couldn't stop laughing either:
"International leaders are known to use the Khaleej Times' editorials as key guidance on how to run their own countries, economies and societies."

16 August, 2006 11:04  
Blogger SIN said...

I don't know where to laugh more....the aforementioned quote or the one about "Editor-in-chief Mohammed A R Galadari is greatly beloved by his staff, seen as a benevolent father figure who has spearheaded media excellence in the Gulf and worldwide."

What a bunch of bollocks! No prizes for guessing who wrote this little gem of virtue

16 August, 2006 11:54  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Donno if you 've come across this interview with SD.

16 August, 2006 12:14  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Yes skype is blocked in freezones for some reason. We called customer care and they said so many people complained and it should be opened soon. Though skype application is working from normal etisalat network.


16 August, 2006 13:11  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've heard two separate stories here. First, TECOM has actually sent round a circular saying they know Skype's down and they are investigating. They also say they did not block it. Second, I hear they are lying and that indeed they recently purchased blocking software....anyone know anything more?

16 August, 2006 13:26  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes definitely TECOM has done something to block it and they are lying. There is no way the skype could be down without blocking it. I verified Skype Authentication and Connection servers which are mostly in europe are unreachable and not getting response from them while other servers in the same network are reachable.

16 August, 2006 14:19  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blimey. I've read back through this blog all the way to February, and it's just constant moaning and whinging, and not just by the blogger. Why? Is it the "grass is greener" syndrome? I've been in Dubai nearly 2 weeks and I know it's early days, but come on, is it really that bad? You're still here, aren't you? There are bad things about every place.
Aside from that, the writing is excellent. Witty, colourful and engaging.

16 August, 2006 16:55  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey people,

I always find Dubai ''discussions'' amusing.

There have been a few people who have said ‘’if you don’t like it then leave’’. These have been quotes from the dish-dashed minority. But they are right. Just get the hell out. I have long decided that this place has nothing that I want. It has nothing to offer that would ever make me happy. I always assume that those people who rant about the lack of rights are newbies because you can only be horrified for so long before you start asking yourself questions.

Just by being here in the sandpit we are backing the system that we rant about. Our presence here makes the country stronger. If we were not here imagine the state they would be in. An emirate that is a state, another first for Dubai. Not the free kind of state but one where these overfed, short of understanding lumps would have to figure out how to run (and staff) a country. Now that would be amusing viewing, from a webcam far away in a normal country on You Tube.

All you people seem to be aware of your surroundings and the crap that goes on. So if you all are so aware of what is wrong in this country (and there is soooo much wrong) then why are you sill here? Your presence here must mean that you support the systems in place. Because if you really felt so strongly about freedom of press, basic human rights then you would get the hell out. No?

So are your rants a ways of pacifying yourself about the fact that you really do support all the wrong things that happen here? Because if you continue to stay here then that is what you are doing. Don’t kid yourself that the lines you write here are doing anything constructive. You live where you live, here in a dictatorship. Accept it or move on.

So the next time you feel a rant coming on, ask yourself this questions; is this where i really want to be.

I asked myself that questions and guess what? I am leaving!!

16 August, 2006 16:56  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh please!

16 August, 2006 17:06  
Blogger dontfearfreedom said...

I'm here cos I don't pay tax. Simple as that.

If my company (UK based) paid for my house, car and an equivalent salary in Europe, better still, the UK, I would be on the first plane home.

I put up with the knob jockeys on the roads, the unfknblvable arrogance, the blatent stupidity, the heat and the whining because I get paid an extra £30 grand a year to do so.

16 August, 2006 17:08  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I'm here because I earn more money than I would in India. I'm also here because I was born here. I am leaving the country soon though and am very happy to be doing so.

I guess we complain here because we live here. Even if we do so by choice, its not incorrect to point out hypocrisy and double standards. Its not incorrect to talk (or even bitch and moan) about the quality of life here.

If you were back in your home country or any other country and even any other country, you would complain.

Let me give you a "fr'instance". If you were in a movie theatre and watching a movie, and some people in the theatre made a lot of noise and didnt let you watch the movie in peace, would you shut up or "leave if you dont like it"..? Or would you complain about it..? Why..?

Lastly. The question that piques me more is what are YOU doing here..? If youre obviously taking the advice of the locals and "leaving because you dont like it.."

16 August, 2006 17:55  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's something for Marge to visit the next time she's back.

16 August, 2006 19:42  
Blogger secretdubai said...

Anon: sorry for the deletion, but many people do know about that, however we are not putting onto blogs for two reasons.

1. It's effectively advertising how to get to a blocked site.

2. The more people publicise this, the quicker they will find it and block it.

Email your friends about this by all means, but try not to put it on the web. I fear its days are numbered anyway.

16 August, 2006 23:35  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just read the Wikipedia Khaleej Times article and spat coke all over my keyboard. Funniest thing I've read in ages. I hope no one corrects it.

17 August, 2006 01:28  
Blogger secretdubai said...

I just read the Wikipedia Khaleej Times article and spat coke all over my keyboard. Funniest thing I've read in ages.

*whistles very innocently*

17 August, 2006 01:45  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Skype is blocked even from normal etisalat network!

18 August, 2006 00:33  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Skype has been blocked from the normal etisalat for ages - the way round it used to be to download the software in the free zones and put it on your desktop yourself.
It still works if you've already got the software, just takes aagggeeeesss to load up....

18 August, 2006 11:11  
Blogger Insipid Chagrin said...

Oh, oh! SD, you didn't!!

On the one hand, i'm gurgling with glee at the KT stub, but on the other, I contribute to the Wikki myself and use it as a second stop in any research I happen to be undertaking for chump change and beer money. And such...ummm...colourful liberties with fact make think that there's a very good criticism against easily-editable wikkis! Instant dilemma - just add water. It's with a heavy heart that i've decided to NOT flag that stub for editorial review, though it does kinda go against the Wikki grain.

18 August, 2006 16:28  

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