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01 January, 2007

"Happy New Year, Sir!"

"Now kindly pack your bags and fk off!"

Here's what was written:

DUBAI — The Dubai Municipality is scheduled to begin the eviction drive against bachelors staying in residential areas this February. Though the deadline for its completion is February next year, officials say it can take a couple of years.

Engineer Walid Abdul Karim of the Building Inspection Department of the Dubai Municipality told Khaleej Times, "According to the initial plan, the eviction drive will be starting from February and will be completed by February next year. But it can take almost two years."


Here's what in a humane, progressive, moral society, should have been written:

DUBAI — The Dubai Municipality is scheduled to begin the relocation of single workers to dedicated accomodation this February. The purpose-built housing was designed to be affordable and comfortable for expatriates working in construction and related industries.

Engineer Jamal Abu Dishdash of the Housing Department of the Dubai Municipality told Khaleej Times, "Now that the first stage of the special accommodation for single expat workers is complete, we will begin to help these people relocate. The new accommodation has been built to a high standard with full amenities and transport links to work and leisure locations. Every assistance will be given to help people settle in to their new homes."


But no. Dubai doesn't give a shit about these bachelors, it just wants them gone. Many of them will end up sleeping on rooftops and in parks and on the street, but no one cares. God forbid they consider finding them alternative accommodation before chucking them out.

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27 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think solving the problem is very easy. They should announce gay marriage as legal, force half of the bachelor's society to marry the other half and the problem is gone!

01 January, 2007 23:00  
Anonymous sam 666 said...

yes that will solve the problem so we will start with you two ,so wich 1 like to be the bride.

02 January, 2007 05:19  
Blogger Balushi said...

@ aNON, That will increase the Divorce Rate in this country!


already families are divorcing and falling apart bcoz they cant afford the Housing anymore.

02 January, 2007 09:25  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In a related news, it was decided in London to move all single, international students from Arab countries into specially designated accomodation areas. Jim Crow, a supervisor with the city, explained "Having horny arabs eyeball sexy, white women is against our culture. It is a common knowledge that these boys come from sexually supressed socities and are just not equipped to handle the sexual freedoms offered by our society. They stare at the bare legs and half-exposed breasts and our women find in intimidating".

Hypocritical, spinleess, bastards is all that I can say.

02 January, 2007 10:15  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, dear readers, I do not like to have single men staying anywhere near civilised, cultured quiet, humble families. Take these single men and their unscrupulous morals and staring and whatnot. Dubai is a caring city! Yours, Oily Marg

02 January, 2007 14:50  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ALRIGHT.

At times it is really hard to tell if someone is being sarcastic or serious (oily marg in this se).

Can we all agree that in futue sarcasm should either begin or end with a $.

Atleast this wasy we know how to respond to certain comments.

So, Oily Marg???

-DD

02 January, 2007 15:58  
Anonymous jayant said...

please check this link http://vgn.dm.gov.ae/DMEGOV/dm-mp-content?articleid=3897
this is from dubai municipality official website.
News
74.86 per cent of Dubai population is male
Dubai's population has hit 1,321,453 (one million three hundred twenty one thousand four hundred fifty three) according to the latest census conducted on population, residential units and establishments in the emirate. Of the total population, 74.86 per cent or 989,305 are male and 25.14 per cent or 332,148 are female. The significant statistics were announced by Dubai Statistics Centre, which pointed out that the increase in the number of male population reflects on the increased pace of construction and economic activities, for which a big number of unskilled labourers are brought to the emirate. The 2005 census also revealed that the majority of the population comprises of people in the age group of 30-34 years. This category amounts to 256,638 or 19.42 percent. This category was only 139,106 in the year 2000, which shows that there has been an increase of 84.49 percent in the last five years.


The next big category in the population is people in the age group of 25-29 years. This group's population is 256,384 or 19.40 percent. This category was only 136,622 in the year 2000, which shows that there has been an increase of 87.66 percent in the last five years. People in the age group of 35-39 years are the third big category. This group's population is 195,987 or 14.83 percent. This category was 126,490 in the year 2000, which shows that there has been an increase of 54.94 percent in the last five years. The reason behind the increased population in these categories is attributed to the big leap in the construction and economic projects that require foreign labour force in big number.
10 December 2006


what it means, when read in conjunction with the article u have posted, is that 50% of the population is to be consigned to 'non-residential' areas.
canm some one explain the rationale behind it?

02 January, 2007 23:46  
Blogger rummyjohn said...

DD - I think thats a wonderful idea

$

03 January, 2007 08:17  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
In a related news, it was decided in London to move all single, international students from Arab countries into specially designated accomodation areas. Jim Crow, a supervisor with the city, explained "Having horny arabs eyeball sexy, white women is against our culture. It is a common knowledge that these boys come from sexually supressed socities and are just not equipped to handle the sexual freedoms offered by our society. They stare at the bare legs and half-exposed breasts and our women find in intimidating".

Hypocritical, spinleess, bastards is all that I can say.

02 January, 2007 10:15

You can't be serious! LOL! That's ruddy hilarious!

03 January, 2007 08:58  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK - Of course I was being sarcastic! I thought that it would be plain to see. Re Oily Marg - it is in reference to the oleagenous comments by a Marg in one of the papers who constantly writes condescendingly on all things. Yours - an ex-Dxb resident

03 January, 2007 10:31  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder how long can these Dubai authorities continue with these unjust, immoral, soul-less policies (and language)... thankfully, there is always a day of judgement and a day of reckoning, and no amount of sandland dollars will buy them a pardon THERE

Angry Expat

03 January, 2007 10:33  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The solution is simple IMHO

::Action::

either slash house rents to 50% or increase the salaries 100%.

::Reaction::

The so-called bachelors would bring their families in Dubai or would consider to have their family soon in case they dont have.

::Result::

Bachelor-free Dubai

03 January, 2007 12:40  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can't say that Dubai isn't learning from other regimes.

Nazi Germany -
let's round up all the Jews and stick them in the concentration camps.

Present day Dubai -
let's round up all the bachelors and stick them in the labor camps.

Are the bachelors the jews of Dubai?

03 January, 2007 15:49  
Blogger A Blessing in Tragedy said...

I'm curious, what, to you, is a "humane, progressive, moral society" and could you give me an example of one that lives today?

04 January, 2007 13:57  
Blogger secretdubai said...

I'm curious, what, to you, is a "humane, progressive, moral society" and could you give me an example of one that lives today?

A country where people have equal rights, regardless of their ethnicity, income bracket, religion, gender or marital status.

For example in the UK it is illegal to turn off the water supplies to any house where there are children, regardless of whether the bills have been paid or not, so the children do not suffer. Here, you can turn off the water and electricity to any property at any time, even if the bills have been paid.

In the UK it would be illegal to force someone out of their home because they were male, or single, or foreign. And when they do need to move people, for example if their current home has to be demolished on safety reasons, they rehouse them first, they don't just kick them out.

04 January, 2007 14:08  
Blogger click_310 said...

I proposed that SD readers launch a real estate development called Bachelor City. We can sell it off plan, deliver it late and make a butt load of $'s

04 January, 2007 16:58  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its called "labor camp"

04 January, 2007 21:42  
Blogger A Blessing in Tragedy said...

And for example your example of a humane, progressive, moral society are the accomplices of an illegal war (according to the UN, not me) on a sovereign nation.

So do we pick and choose what humane, progressive, and moral are? or do you just not like the fact that this country looks after its nationals FIRST?

And another problem I have with your reasoning is the lack of logic.

If this, where you are now, is not a humane, progressive, moral society.. and the UK is... why are you not there instead of being here?

Surely a humane, progressive, moral society is better than one that is not.

You make no sense. you're a soldier of fortune, a whore to the cash cow that is the global economy, and have too much free time so you bitch.

If you have one place that is a humane, progressive, moral society and one that isnt than you would be insane to be in the latter.

So which is it? are you a money whore or insane?

05 January, 2007 01:21  
Blogger secretdubai said...

Wow Blessing - you've managed to turn a post about the shocking plight of low-paid migrant workers in Dubai to yet another boring bloody whingey anti-western rant about the war in Iraq.

I'm not a whore - but you are. To whichever government brainwashed your tiny little mind into the sorry stunted state it's in today.

And to whoever taught you that it's somehow ok to call someone a "whore" for objecting to the treatment of migrant workers here. Is that part of your religion or your culture or both?

Please don't bother trying to post anything more on my blog. You now qualify as:

(1) stupid/poorly educated
(2) offensive
(3) a boring waste of space

So I won't be approving anymore of your comments. Go and whine and wail in your own webspace.

05 January, 2007 02:49  
Anonymous Numb said...

Bravo SD

It's so cliched turning actual localised issues into diatribes regarding global issues.

It's time Dubai realised that the real engine of growth here is not its fast paced economy but the migrant workers, both white and blue collar, that enabled that growth in the first place. This is supposed to be "the city that cares"..

06 January, 2007 16:14  
Blogger Tim Newman said...

And for example your example of a humane, progressive, moral society are the accomplices of an illegal war (according to the UN, not me) on a sovereign nation.

Could you please point to the relevant UN resolution which has ruled the Iraq war illegal? If it exists, it will certainly be held on the UN's website which has an excellent search facility. I've tried and failed, having previously held the (obviously erronous) view that the UN never made a ruling on whether the Iraq war was legal or illegal.

07 January, 2007 06:51  
Blogger Earthbound Misfit said...

First - A Blessing in Tragedy:

Yes, the iraq war is a mess. BUT and this is a huge BUT. You CANNOT blame the U.S for the situation there. They are not the ones blowing up civilians. The blame for Iraq rests completely on the Iraqi civilians and the neighbouring countries (which are supporting the warring factions). What Iraq got from the U.S was an opportunity to get rid of an evil dictator (who is now being deified by twits all over the world) and a chance to start over and make a better life. But what they do instead is blow each other up and turn around and point fingers at the U.S for not stopping them from fighting. Effing Ridiculous.

Second:
"or do you just not like the fact that this country looks after its nationals FIRST?"

I have no problem if they treat their nationals better than me as long as they can prove that the average locals have contributed more to the economy and society here (and no contributions in Cyclone does not qualify).


SD: I disagree with your censorship of Blessing in a Tragedy. I think everyone is entitled to air their opinion regardless of how twisted and stupid it is. You sound like the very people (insert M.E country/govt) we are trying to fight.

Anyway. I have, quite frankly, given up on this shithole. The idiocy and evil is reaching Himalayan levels.


Some great Arab media clips here . I especially like the Abu dhabi T.V one where a little girl is reciting death threats against the "non-believers". What a wonderful, progressive, benevelont society we live in.

10 January, 2007 09:54  
Blogger secretdubai said...

SD: I disagree with your censorship of Blessing in a Tragedy. I think everyone is entitled to air their opinion regardless of how twisted and stupid it is.

I let him air his opinion above. What I'm not prepared to air is his comment that he tried to make later, that basically flamed me and called me a whore several times again. I don't feel it adds anything to the discussion or debate.

10 January, 2007 13:35  
Blogger Earthbound Misfit said...

Sd,

Can't blame him ;-)

10 January, 2007 14:42  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, dubai is soo messed up! I can't even begin to describe how happy I am to be living far, far, away from that place! In any case, I'm almost positive that the UAE has banned this and related sites in their beautiful and free domain. A quick way around it is to go through a proxy server and bounce off people in another country. That way, they can't do a thing to stop you. The best one I found is free and is called Tor. http://tor.eff.org/

Ofcourse, you guys already know how to get past their block, but pass on the word to those that don't.

- ciao

23 January, 2007 21:15  
Anonymous Anonymous1 said...

I thought it was women who get deported if they are unmarried and god forrbid with a child.

09 February, 2007 22:48  
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06 February, 2010 04:38  

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