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29 December, 2008

Time to jail another "adulteress"

With property prices plummeting and the boom finally bursting, it's nice that Dubai can shift headlines away from its economic meltdown by jailing another expat for "adultery":

A British mother faces jail in Dubai after being convicted of adultery.

Marnie Pearce fears she may never see her two sons again. She insists she is innocent and that it is her ex-husband who cheated on her.

Miss Pearce, 40, claims she was framed by Egyptian Ihab El-Labban so he could win custody of their children, Laith, seven and Ziad, three.


This has to be the best bit:

She was found guilty of adultery in a Dubai court last month after being denied the opportunity to represent herself.

Any woman living in the Middle East should know by now that if you marry a Muslim man, except in exceedingly rare circumstances, you lose the children in the event of divorce. It doesn't matter why your marriage failed or whether you are Muslim yourself. Hopefully of course a marriage wouldn't break down in the first place, or a couple would at least be mature and decent enough to work out a shared custody arrangement.

But if not and it goes to the courts, it's the man who gets custody nearly every time. This is because the UAE applies Sharia law, generally from the Hanbali school, which it has every right to do. You do, however, as an expat, have the right not to visit there, live there, or invest there.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once again the true Emirats rears its ugly head. Being stuck between wanting to be modern city-state and the intolerance of Islam, Dubai is finding it quite difficult to convince the world that they are a tolerant people. Why, simply because they are not. Emiratis and most Muslims feel threatened by western liberalism. Meaning men are scared of losing their dominant status in society. Spousal abuse is very high among the local population, and so is child abuse. The two are connected. A mother living in fear cannot protect her children from overzealous fathers/husbands/cousins. Men in Islamic societies especially the emirats are feeble minded. If women are treated equally before the law it may be that most Muslim men will be taking the back seat in society. Solution: Islam needs reform. Christianity is what it is today because Christians protested the power of the Church. These protesters are now called Protestants. Unfortunately legal violence is so entrench in Islam that any movement voicing reform is immediately eliminated. Islam is it own worst enemy.

29 December, 2008 15:23  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And here is a 13 year old girl charges with having sex. Islam sucks!

http://www.gulfnews.com/nation/Police_and_The_Courts/10270825.html

29 December, 2008 16:08  
Blogger alrayyes said...

While I agree that one who lives in the Emirates (or any other muslim country) must adhere to the local laws, I do not think that taking a womans children away from their mother when she is financially, morally & mentally capable of raising them is a good thing.

However I don't know enough about this part of muslim law to say whether it's legal or not, and seeing the recent radicalization (past 20-30 years) i wouldn't be surprised if this ruling went against the spirit of Sharia itself.

This is a tricky one, a woman from a western country never suspects her husband to take her kids away from her and the post is light on specifics so again it's difficult to make a reasonable judgement.

I do agree with the above posts in that a lot of arab muslim men (this is not a dubai problem) are feeling threatened by the chaning tides. I however do not think Islam has to follow Christianity in its so called 'reforms'. Muslims do not want this. This is something a christian will never understand.

However, we do need to critically look at hadith, Quran & sunnah to see how they fit in modern times. This needs to be done by people actually living in modern times (ie, not some guy that wishes it was the year 800 all over again).

29 December, 2008 16:59  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ alrayyes "I do agree with the above posts in that a lot of Arab Muslim men (this is not a Dubai problem) are feeling threatened by the changing tides. I however do not think Islam has to follow Christianity in its so called 'reforms'. Muslims do not want this"

Please expand further on you statement. It’s a very interesting thought (though scary). Are you saying that Islam is static, going against human nature to evolve, change and adapt? Or are Muslims happy with a religion that is oppressive by nature? I would love to hear some Muslim ladies comment on the subject.

Also there is nothing tricky about this case. A law, sharia law, which is biased against women, has been applied thus the whole foundation of the case is ridiculous. Muslims don’t see this.

29 December, 2008 17:41  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sorry here it is again. 13 year old girl charged with haiving sex!

http://www.gulfnews.com/nation/Police_and_The_Courts/10270825.html

29 December, 2008 17:58  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People need to understand, this city is finished, it's time to leave, there isn't much to do here rather than getting caught or tortured behind bars.

I'm happy that I left and I don't have to pay for non-sense traffic fines and get flashed at every 30secs on the highway.

Fuck them and their fake laws.

And fuck etisalat for blocking everything.

30 December, 2008 02:12  
Blogger alrayyes said...

@Anonymous

"Please expand further on you statement. It’s a very interesting thought (though scary). Are you saying that Islam is static, going against human nature to evolve, change and adapt? Or are Muslims happy with a religion that is oppressive by nature? I would love to hear some Muslim ladies comment on the subject."

Muslims believe that the Quran is the word of God and therefore infalliable. Changing it would be a sin and open the door to a whole bunch of problems that plague christianity. For example see the Council of Nicea. Because of political reasons all sorts of thing were included/excluded in the modern day bible. This is one of many examples which any student of Theology can list for you. Changing one thing opens a pandora's box which can never be closed again.

However, the interpretation of the Quran/hadith/sunnah (on which Shariah law is based) is open to change. This is the reason you have different schools of islamic thought on this (ie Hanafi, Maliki, Shafii, Hanbali). The Quran was revealed 1400 years ago and islamic law itself hasn't seemed to evolve to fit the times.

Don't get me wrong, things have to change. Cradle to the grave pampering that happens in wealthy middle eastern countries detatches the population from reality and supresses critical though & opinions. Before this changes there can never be a sound reinterpretation of Islam that complies with hadith/sunnah/Quran and yet solves the problems of the modern times we live in.

30 December, 2008 02:21  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@Alrayes. Right, a quasi unique feature of Islam is that the Quran is actually the word of God and not something written by a 3rd party as in the New Testament.
This makes it a more complex process for Islam to evolve.
However, leaving alone the dogmatic dimension, I would think there are political and historical parameters to take into account, here.
Most Islamic countries have been colonized or occupied during the last century .
This has destroyed the social and cultural fabric of societies across the Muslim world. Once the colonization ended, Muslims sought to gain their identity and religion back and looked in the past at written texts. As the natural evolution gained over centuries of Islam in these lands were destroyed, there was nobody left that had the legitimacy to propose, not to say impose, a modern day or at least in line with the times, Islam.
The literal and radical meaning of Islam was de facto imposed aided by rapidly worsening in health, education, wealth, in Islamic countries brought by the corrupt Arab regimes that took over after the colonial power left.
Islam became political and radicalized.
While we are on the topic of divorce and religion, let us all note that the original Jewish Law on divorce is actually quite similar to Muslim Sharia. The repudiation process is just a bit more formal in the case of the former.

30 December, 2008 07:36  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry for being old fashioned and reverting to facts!

Nobody is forced to come to Arabia, generally we choose to come, of our own free will.

Unless you are illiterate, and nobody reading this is, we do know the system in Arabia is different.

I am critical of most "over the top" activities of Dubai, but compliance with the legal system, surely nobody can complain?

Ironically I cannot read these stories via Etisalat, so I have to resort to other means!

We all should be flexible in our approach and finally I do not see why the "f" word has to be used, as I find this as intolerant as Islam is suggested to be!

Happy New Year.

30 December, 2008 09:14  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to the guy above, f you again, just because your region needed to employ me does not mean i converted. so i am forced to do a lot of things your way when i am there, but if you think your people can do anything in the west and westerns can do nothing or say nothing in your region, then it just shows what the nature of your place is. and what goes on in your place is not suggested to be intolerant, if you open your eyes you will see it is.

as for alrayyes, wish you were indeed the rayyes. one of the most balanced writers i have read from your region. if more were like you, we would have been in serious danger of liking this place. fortunately it is not to be.

as for white women falling over arabs in marriage, they deserve everything they get including losing their childen. what did they think they were doing. and they do get it, all of them, all the time. just a matter of time till they realise they are not in heaven. ive seen it a hundred times. no exaggeration.

30 December, 2008 14:01  
Blogger alrayyes said...

@Anonymous

"However, leaving alone the dogmatic dimension, I would think there are political and historical parameters to take into account, here.
Most Islamic countries have been colonized or occupied during the last century .
This has destroyed the social and cultural fabric of societies across the Muslim world. Once the colonization ended, Muslims sought to gain their identity and religion back and looked in the past at written texts. As the natural evolution gained over centuries of Islam in these lands were destroyed, there was nobody left that had the legitimacy to propose, not to say impose, a modern day or at least in line with the times, Islam."

I couldn't agree with you more. Colonization has indeed held back the arab/islamic world(indeed the whole 3rd world). A lot of people seem to forget that until 50 years ago most of the middle east was in effect a colony of the west.

Also the only movement strong enough to counter the opressive corrupt regimes in the middle east (just because a lot of people don't mind to have certain families in power doesn't mean they are not corrupt) is radical Islam which in and of itself is seen as a rebellious identity. Along the way people have seem to have forgotten the whole "there is no compulsion in religion" thing, but that's a whole different story.

To get back to my point. While colonization plays a huge role in the sad current state of affairs, oil itself has been a curse as well as a blessing. A Venezuelan oil minister once called it "Excremente el Diablo' (excrement of the devil).

Because of oil, people in the gulf have been pulled into modernity in a short space of 50 years. So it should not be seen as strange that a lot of people are still deeply conservative. Even in europe the enlightenment didn't happen overnight the west shouldn't expect the same in the middle east.

My point here is too much too fast has also been a problem. Oil has corrupted people in the middle east to such an extent that a lot of people believe that just throwing enough money at a problem will solve it. Ie, all these ridiculous over the top projects built in Dubai which even a 4 year old can tell you are not sustainable. Not to mention the fact that the governments of the middle east are only now finding the common sense to diversify their economies.

To put it bluntly, Arabs have no modern culture. For there to be culture people need to be driven. Maybe this will happen in 50 years when the oil has run out all over the middle east and a lot of the buildings in Dubai will lay rotting & abandoned in the sun for lack of funds to upkeep them. Then again, a lot can happen in 50 years.....

30 December, 2008 15:32  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The west hardly had influence on the Arabs. They were mostly colonised buy Turkic armies and Persians after the so called "Golden Age of Islam" collapsed.

Also, most Arab countires DO NOT use sharia law.

GCC Arabs are not like other Arabs. They were/are the trash of arabic speaking peoples. Always living on the fringes. They have money now, but it wont last and they know their days are numbered.

North African arabs are diffrent and so are those of the Levant.

Grouping sandniggers with other arabs is an insult.

30 December, 2008 16:05  
Blogger alrayyes said...

@Anonymous

"The west hardly had influence on the Arabs. They were mostly colonised buy Turkic armies and Persians after the so called "Golden Age of Islam" collapsed."

I would strongly disagree with you here. Ever since the 1800s the gulf region has been under the influence of the west. Ie: Kuwait was a protecterate of Britian.

Also, after WW1 the west has been the dominant influence in the middle east (read up on your history). After WW2 specifically the Americans have been a huge dominating influence in all fields (culturally, economically militarily). Again, I urge you to read your history. A great introduction to people that don't know a lot about the middle east is The Great War for Civilization by Robert Fisk.

Also, about your "sandnigger" remark. We're all originally from Arabia so by calling gulf arabs sandniggers you are in effect calling all arabs sandniggers. This comment is so retarded I will not dignify it with any further comments. You need help my friend...

30 December, 2008 16:24  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ Alrayyes

If you are saying the peroid after ww1 until the 2008 as influencing the region more than the 1000 years or so of Turkic, Persian, Mongol rule I suggest you review your history. But anyone who plugs a book by Robert Fisk can be too smart anyway.

And i stand by my sandnigger remark. Get you head out of your ass because NOT ALL "Arabs" CAME FROM ARABIA!! Thank God! Again North African Arabs have a unique genetic history/makeup, as do those of the Levant and the Iraqi region. Sandniggers(gulf arabs) have a diffrent genetic makeup too. But this is asthetic. Arab culture and language changes where ever you go too. The term Arab needs to be redefined.

Cases like this are very common in gcc and iran, not so much in the rest of the "arab" world. Odly enough gcc arabs and persian are closer linked geneticaly then with other arabs.

just panting seeds.

30 December, 2008 17:25  
Anonymous sheanonymous said...

@alrayyes

You are right that some muslim countries were colonized for 100 years, however colonization was no barrier to practicing Islam for muslim. There was also no destruction of "natural evolution" , if some countries have their identity before they got colonized they usually return to their identity later.. You are also forgetting that some of asian countries like Japan or South Korea were colonized, went through series of terrible wars and their countries and their beliefs were destroyed. Why they got over it and now are rapidly gaining or ever exceeding the western (read: european) economy? They were in worse state than muslim countries. I would not mention some eastern european countries who were in fact colonized scant twenty years ago (lituania, estonia, ukraine etc). Are they complaining as much as you do?

@Anonymous

You are only partially right. It seems that you forget that arabic language as well as Islam has been spread during the first couple of hundred years by Islamic conquests. These were conquests (mainly) by the arabic armies and (sometimes peacefully)by Islamic ideology. So the conquerors intermarried and spread their religion and their genes. That's why Egypt instead of speaking in pharaonic egyptian is now speaking in .....arabic or people in Levant instead of speaking syrian speak in arabic. Nevertheless you are right - the culture of Morocco or Algeria is quite different from that of the gulf countries, but it is still arabic.
Now, Iranian culture is iranian culture. They do not speak arabic language like Moroccans or Lebanese, they speak farsi. You are also mistaken about their genetic similarity to gulf arabs - you are mixing iraqi arabic shia with iranian persian shia, and they are quite different cup of tea.

31 December, 2008 04:40  
Blogger secretdubai said...

Just wanted to thank all you commenters for this very interesting and informative discussion. Albeit I don't think "sandniggers" is a very necessary or helpful term. Swear by all means - I love a good obscenity - but using terms such as that open one up to accusations of bigotry which may distract and detract from your argument.

Generally though the blog block really has been a blessing, it keeps things so much more measured.

31 December, 2008 05:14  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GCC Arabs are not like other Arabs. They were/are the trash of arabic speaking peoples. Always living on the fringes.

Correct. You might have mentioned they are also reviled and detested by the rest of the Arab world.

alrayyes
Also, about your "sandnigger" remark. We're all originally from Arabia

Rubbish. Arabs are ethnically varied. Many Syrians are of European stock. Levant Arabs are Mediterranean.

Gulf Arabs are of Bedouin-Negroid blood. The term 'sandnigger' could be seen as apt.

The term Arab needs to be redefined.

Maybe. The term 'Arab' means peoples sharing a common language only. Arab cultures are quite varied.

SD
Albeit I don't think "sandniggers" is a very necessary or helpful term.

But you endorse it otherwise you would have deleted the post. Cheers.

31 December, 2008 09:12  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since the term "sandnigger" has ruffled a few feathers I will use the term "sandarabs" to describe gulf Arabs. Note the term "sand people" aka Jawas has been taken and they might feel offended if I used their name.

Well here we have Sheik Mo (king of the sandarabs) using his media to counter claims that UAE law is biased.

http://www.gulfnews.com/nation/Police_and_The_Courts/10271382.html

Of course it doesn’t make sense to have "top judicial official claim" Dubai's penal code is impartial. It’s a classic case of hiring the fox to watch the hens. Why don’t they use an independent source? They have before and amnesty international has huge issues with the Dubai legal system. From corruption to outright racism Dubai’s legal system fails miserably. Not to mention the UAE as a whole. Remember Sheik Essa the torturer (case ongoing), see www.uaetorture.com if you can.

Dubai is fake. It’s an illusion. It doesn’t exist. As the local sandarabs fade into obscurity it is fast becoming the “third mall from the sun”. If anything Dubai has become the ultimate colonial dream. Why, Sheik Mo is the complacent local Lord, so shrouded in his inferiority complex he is no longer satisfied by impressing sandarabs. He needs good ol’ white folk to come see what he can do. Being a good subject Mo indebted his own people to pay for his complex, thus enriching the international bankers who were astonished by his greed for borrowing. Education is abysmal just like the healthcare and judicial system which, with all the borrowing have been underfunded. Public money is used in obscure financial companies Mo heads that have some if the lowest transparency ratings in the world. All this and not a whimper from the sandarabs, this is why they are increasingly looking like sandniggers. But we won’t use that term, IT might upset them.

31 December, 2008 14:21  
Blogger alrayyes said...

@sheanonymous

"You are right that some muslim countries were colonized for 100 years, however colonization was no barrier to practicing Islam for muslim. There was also no destruction of "natural evolution" , if some countries have their identity before they got colonized they usually return to their identity later.. You are also forgetting that some of asian countries like Japan or South Korea were colonized, went through series of terrible wars and their countries and their beliefs were destroyed. Why they got over it and now are rapidly gaining or ever exceeding the western (read: european) economy? They were in worse state than muslim countries. I would not mention some eastern european countries who were in fact colonized scant twenty years ago (lituania, estonia, ukraine etc). Are they complaining as much as you do?"

While I have nothing but respect for the asian peoples (they are coming to dominate the world economy & rightly so) their situation is not the same as Arabia. Also don't forget, until 150 years ago China/India accounted for 70% of the world economy. But because of the western naval fleets the west came to dominate the whole world. Therefore it is not strange that economical power is shifting to the east again, it's just the order of things.

To get back to Arabia, don't forget that before colonization there was nothing and still is nothing but desert (apart from the huge expensive building projects). No natural resources (except the obvious one) and therefore no real history of industry. Let us not forget, 50 years ago Indian traders were paying emiratis to unload their boats!

Also the middle east is still dominated by the west. There are US army bases all over the place. Why? Every single middle eastern country has a us military presence. Goverments buy shitloads of useless weapons that just rot in warehouses in the desert (a Saudi soldier costs 5x as much as an American one). Leeches like Haliburton are allowed to open offices in the middle east. These are all symptoms of the problem. Domination is still ever present.

However, i do not use this as an excuse. I agree with you in that Arabs have had ample time to get their shit together. This might still happen, once the oil runs out and everyone is dragged back into reality. However, the power vacuum that this would cause could also give way to radical islam, which probably wouldn't be a good thing.

@Anonymous While i fully agree with you that the local populations are incredibally docile and uncritical you have to try to understand how this came about. That doesn't excuse the behavior, but you have to be realistic in that people should run their country how they damn well please. That's just the reality.

Yes, Dubai is an illusion & it probably won't last. When it all falls and foreign companies have sucked out all the money they can from the local economy and all those white folk will leave just as quickly as they came, then gulf arabs will probably realize the mistakes they've made. Even if it is too late.

But please don't use the word nigger. It is highly offensive and if you actually study American history you'll find that its use is highly inappropiate here.

31 December, 2008 15:04  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Al Rayyes,
You said "Let us not forget, 50 years ago Indian traders were paying Emiratis to unload their boats!" Exactly Sandniggers! :) Sorry couldn’t let that one go!

But seriously, since when where the people of Arabia so complacent? What happened? How did this come about?

“While i fully agree with you that the local populations are incredibly docile and uncritical you have to try to understand how this came about. That doesn't excuse the behaviour, but you have to be realistic in that people should run their country how they damn well please.”


My point exactly, the “people” don’t rule in Dubai, a person does. I understand the tribal complexities that support the monarchy but they (you?) cannot allow a small group of people running your country, too much is at stake. Half of the oil is gone and no sustainable economy yet exists. No one is accountable.
I use the term sandnigger to add shock and humour. I wouldn’t waste my time writing about Dubai on a blog if I didn’t care about it or the people. Change thorough criticism that’s my motto!

Happy new year all!

Except of course Dubai.

31 December, 2008 16:07  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Education is abysmal just like the healthcare and judicial system which, with all the borrowing have been underfunded. Public money is used in obscure financial companies Mo heads that have some if the lowest transparency ratings in the world. All this and not a whimper from the sandarabs

It should be mentioned that this is the case in all the GCC sandpits. There's a pattern here..

This might still happen, once the oil runs out and everyone is dragged back into reality.

Pigs might fly too.

But please don't use the word nigger. It is highly offensive

It's your right to be offended. Would you feel comfortable with 'sandbaboon'? I'm referred to by Arabs as a 'Kafir' which some 'Kafirs' might find offensive. Remember, it's your right to be offended.

31 December, 2008 16:23  
Blogger alrayyes said...

@Anonymous

Let's get one thing straight, I'm not emirati and am only half arab. However living more than half my life in Europe has given me a perspective on things that i've noticed my gulf cousins don't have.

"But seriously, since when where the people of Arabia so complacent? What happened? How did this come about? "

This isn't a real difficult one. Oil has bought everyones loyalties. If you have a maid, a full belly & you don't actually have to do any real labor it is in your interest to keep the status quo in order. Revolutions only happen when people are hungry or in economic despair, never because a goverment is undemocratic in a western sense.

If emiratis (or any other people) choose to be cheated out of their (and their childrens) wealth by one ruling family, that is there business. I completely understand your frustrations and have had many an argument myself about how money is squandered and wasted throughout the whole middle east.

However you have to accept that it is not your (or my) country and the people are free to make their own mistakes. They just can't say nobody warned them!

I take offence to the word nigger as it is highly loaded & insulting. It does no good to use that word in a constructive debate. Calling people niggers (rightly) pisses them off and stops them even listening to your arguments.

I see you use the word jokingly and to provoke a response but you really shouldn't. There's a reason you wouldn't dare utter that word to a bunch of young men on the street in Harlem on your average Saturday night....

As for transparancy in gcc states...It is a DISGRACE how goverment spending isn't transparant. Of course if it was a lot of people would be going to jail....

31 December, 2008 18:18  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

islam is the worst religion. if it can be called a religion. It is not the word of god. It was written buy a bunch of monkeys who lived after the so called profit mohammad. its a joke, like all muslims.

Dubai is shit just like islam.

Islam=ignorance

02 January, 2009 02:37  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Islam cannot be compared with other religion u egoistic moron.F u if you dont respect your religion

03 January, 2009 15:47  
Anonymous sheanonymous said...

alrayyes

1) 150 years ago india/china could not account for 70% of the world economy. 150 years ago India was British (by 1856 most of India was under the control of the British East India Company) and china economy was in shambles.(ever heard about Taiping Rebelion and Opium Wars?)
2) Naval Western fleets did not dominate whole world, if they did Japan would have not became an imperium. And you also forgot that Japan won the war with Russia in 1905 and won war with China getting control over whole Korea, part of Chinese territory and some Russian territory.
3) I don't really care for " Middle East is nothing but a desert". Persian Gulf states are, other Middle Eastern states are not.
4) US bases are not only located in the middle east. They are in Japan, Korea, Germany and so on and so forth. And americans are paying you for being allowed to have them on your territory.
5) I am not so sure that you are all correct telling about soon-to-be-demise of Dubai and other Gulf States. It is strange how nobody is talking about billions (trillions?) of dollars from the Gulf States quietlyspent on buying factories, land, shares in banks, newspapers, satellite television (and so on and so forth) in US and Europe. And these are very, very, very large sums of money. And the interest from these investments is rather large.
6) As for china . China is the Country of the Middle, the eternal, superior And they are ruthless (no, US does not compare) in getting what they want. Just wait and see. ;-)
7) You are wrong. Revolutions do not happen when people are desperately poor. Revolutions happens when people are in between - not really poor but think they do not have chance to get more rich, think they are becoming poorer, or see large difference between their lifestyle and the richest people' lifestyle. And blame for it "the system". Like in Iran, in Tsarist Russia, in (long ago) France, or South America countries.

03 January, 2009 22:46  
Anonymous rnb said...

"to the guy above, f you again, just because your region needed to employ me does not mean i converted. so i am forced to do a lot of things your way when i am there, but if you think your people can do anything in the west and westerns can do nothing or say nothing in your region, then it just shows what the nature of your place is. and what goes on in your place is not suggested to be intolerant, if you open your eyes you will see it is."
So Mr Anonymous, you have worked in my country, are you Polish?
My passport suggests that I should be afforded the protection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth!
As to intolerance in Great Britain, I think the Huguenots would disagree with you.
Happy New Year, long may your diatribes continue.

04 January, 2009 09:43  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ Sheanonymous

"5) I am not so sure that you are all correct telling about soon-to-be-demise of Dubai and other Gulf States. It is strange how nobody is talking about billions (trillions?) of dollars from the Gulf States quietlyspent on buying factories, land, shares in banks, newspapers, satellite television (and so on and so forth) in US and Europe. And these are very, very, very large sums of money. And the interest from these investments is rather large."

The portfolio of Shake Mo is a currently disaster . All the huge companies he created borrowed to buy assets abroad, like DP World went on a port buying splurge, have seen their share value drop by 50%. While the DIFX has lost 70% of its value, that’s the world worst performer after Iceland. Dubai Holdings and sukuk bond are considered junk bonds and now lindsy lohan wants a place on the palm. Dubai is in deep shit! God help all that are going to tough times now.

04 January, 2009 12:51  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

al rayyes, just when i thought there was one arab who could think and write with some intellectual development atleast, you had to go and destroy that. Only half-arab, definitely explains where the questioning, rationalising&thinking part of the brain came from. in this region, it is not developed, as part of genetic coding.if u research, you will prove it.

04 January, 2009 13:07  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! Condemned on the evidence of an angry husband and no witnesses by a Shariah Court. Sorry but doesn't it say in the Quran that to accuse someone of adultery there have to be four witnesses and they have to be actually seen engaging in sex?????

The reason for this was and is that in some places adultery carries the death sentence and this law was given to avoid exactly the kind of ugly scenario we are reading about now and to protect people from malicious accusation.

Time for the clerics to go and read their Quran again!

04 January, 2009 13:43  
Anonymous sheanonymous said...

@ Anonymous at 04.01.09 - 12:51

Unfortunately I do not have specific knowledge of all investments in Sheikh Mo portfolio.
I assume you do.
So
I stand corrected.

05 January, 2009 10:01  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's coz 13-15% are the locals in UAE, Now they are scuking up the rest islamic fundamentalist from other close islamic countries. So they can feel safe.

06 January, 2009 22:25  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The best part of this blog are the comments.

The height of European racism and low-life intellectualism. If anything, the Gulf Arabs should be kicked severely up the rear-end for letting whites into their countries in the first place.

You should have stayed in your shanty pubs collecting syphilis and AIDS like other people collect stamps.

Fuck the crackers!!!

08 January, 2009 20:11  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anonymous "Right, a quasi unique feature of Islam is that the Quran is actually the word of God and not something written by a 3rd party as in the New Testament."

You need to check your facts.
It has been historically
proven that many of the new
testament books were written
by eye witnesses that walked
and talked with Jesus. For
example the book of John , who was
one of the 12 was written by him
around 85 A.D. In his lifetime
and before his exile to the
Island of Patmos where he
eventually died. These are eye
witness accounts that have
remained the same until
today ..In fact the Bible that
Mohammed (pbuh) recommended
should be read by all good
muslims is the same we have
today...

So the claim that the Bible is corrupted or not historically authentic is absolutely false...

I recommend you go read it first especially the first 4 books of the N.T and then see how true it rings....

14 January, 2009 13:40  
Anonymous sunil said...

quite common isn't it? there is a lot more to dubai than what just meets the naked eye. take time to examine the underlying problems this city faces and they are core in nature. high controversial, unethical? and other adjectives that i cannot mention here. the problems have not gone away, the government simply has done a good job pushing so much good to the media and population that the bad has been covered and forgotten to much extent. but friends, ignoring the facts do not change the facts.

18 January, 2009 00:35  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wasn't that place a Paradise for the flocks of westeners running there???

27 January, 2009 18:53  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

heres an update to the "Time to Jail another adultress" case:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/dubai/4409953/Marnie-Pearce-Dubai-adultery-case-woman-goes-into-hiding.html

I hate Dubai and islam more and more every day! God, Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ save this lady from the cluches of a hateful relegion and mean people. The civilized world will be praying for you Marnie.

01 February, 2009 08:06  
Anonymous undercover said...

Anonymous
YOU suck. I am Happy that u left UAE. And have some respect if u have coz I feel u are soo stupid to talk like that about Islam or UAE so have a respect or else…..

20 February, 2009 02:56  
Blogger cat said...

SecretDubai, why is Sanddiggers unacceptable and not 'Christocretins'? I think both are offensive and bigoted, but you wrote the latter one.

01 April, 2009 00:38  

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