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12 July, 2009

Bubbles in the sand

I'm forever blowing bubbles
Property bubbles in the sand
They grow so fast, obviously can't last
But why do I care, I still own the land
People keep on buying
I take all their cash
Oh, I'm forever blowing bubbles
And bubbles always crash

"Nowadays, ten months after the financial crisis came crashing in on the United Arab Emirates (UAE), nearly destroying its shiniest component, Dubai, hundreds of cranes and dredgers have yet to resume work. The Queen Elizabeth II, once the world’s smartest liner, due to become yet another posh Dubai hotel, is a sleeping quayside hulk. Nothing is happening on three of the most recently man-made islands shaped like palm trees off Dubai’s coast that were the latest flashy projects of Nakheel, the emirate’s shaky real-estate developer."


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102 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

An entire economy built on raw speculation, fueled by exploitation of natural resources and human labor, not to mention the powerful Dubai PR machine. It was just a matter of time.

12 July, 2009 11:29  
Anonymous Time Prophet said...

The best is yet to come...

12 July, 2009 12:59  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sorry guys but i like Dubai a lot. Its a cool city. Not the best in the world but its cool.

13 July, 2009 03:14  
Blogger who is said...

Nice paraphrasing of the Economist article ;)

http://www.economist.com/world/mideast-africa/PrinterFriendly.cfm?story_id=13988540

13 July, 2009 03:31  
Blogger secretdubai said...

There is a link to the Economist article under the word "bubble" (admittedly the hyperlink font style is a bit subtle) and it's a direct quote not a paraphrase, hence the italics and speechmarks.

Unless you meant the poem being the paraphrase.

13 July, 2009 04:05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

tough....many people have it tougher

13 July, 2009 05:17  
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13 July, 2009 07:17  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Refer to today's Gulf News. Nakheel are seeking an alternate home for the QE2, and have named Cape Town as its possible resting place due to no more money in the UAE.

13 July, 2009 08:32  
OpenID rupertbumfrey said...

Well here we are in July and The Economist adds yet more speculation to the bubble!

Will there be any more bids over $120billion, to inflate further?

Whether one likes Dubai or not, all this schadenfreude ("pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others") is truly puzzling.

This crisis is now celebrating it's 2nd Anniversary, where were all the oracles before 2009?

It is good to read that Nakheel are going to make their assets sweat (QE2 to generate revenue), but when will the Executives, who embarked on such a foolhardy spending spree, of borrowed money, feel the heat for their ghastly actions?

Shame on you all for missing this http://ftalphaville.ft.com/blog/2009/07/02/60151/implied-sovereign-ratings-uk-ranks-below-china/ analysis, showing Dubai is Ranked 6th. globally. :D

Time the journalists did some true analysis and didn't leave it to Blogs like SD! ;)

13 July, 2009 14:50  
Anonymous desertbound said...

Not only has it become accepted practice with Dubai Inc companies to renege (akaSTEALING) on due payments to contractors, with whom they contracted (a legal ter I believed), but now Nakheel is biting off the hand that fed the borrowing frenzy, Investment Banks!

Now Nakheel, courtesy of small print, are altering payment on a Sukuk, yes one of those Sharia Compliant things, which have a whiff of religion about them.

http://business.maktoob.com/20090000007592/Nakheel_to_revise_payment_of_$750_mln_sukuk/Article.htm

If Nakheel can **** over contractors, then why not play dirty with Religious investment vehicles and their promoters? Does a Hyena change the stripe down it's back?

13 July, 2009 16:46  
Anonymous Bohemond said...

Wow, just today 5 of my friends were made redundant. 2 had their own companies which have not been paid in almost half a year buy Nakeel and Bin Suleiman personally and had to close shop. How they will leave Dubai is unknown as they feel that they might be on a no fly list. No way of knowing until you get to the airport, they might try escaping through Oman. Note pls that they have done the work required but these greedy sandpeople are using the economic crisis as an excuse not to pay. Go ahead ppl and try suing them. No chance.

The other three got screwed big time. They came to Dubai last year with a three year contract that has been terminated early. They feel its their fault as they didn't read the fine print, or should i say lack of any laws to help them against their employer. One friend said to me that she now feels "like those poor laborers, helpless in a foreign land..."

My comment go to rupert. Firstly you stole the web page you referenced from a guy who made comments on SD's linked article. So STFU! You are a plagiarizing crook.

U said "Whether one likes Dubai or not, all this schadenfreude is truly puzzling"

Its not schadenfreude fool. The article is about the lack of democracy in dubai and the fact that because the government and private sector are so entwined that it is impossible to know just how much money Monkey Mo is in debt for and that ordinary emiraties are going to pay for it. No one wants to see people suffer. But in dubai the sheik's sit happy while those who took the chance to move to dubai have been fed shit and basically conned. Sheik Mo will be no.1 on the 2010 Guinness book of world Records biggest con artists list.

Anyone who defends dubai is self centered just like the ruling tribe and yourself.

BTW ppl the dubai model failed! Miserably! Without Abu Dhabis's money it would have been a complete ghost town. But from what i hear its going to be soon. (my friends live in JBR and they say there are fewer than 500 units occupied, would love to have official numbers but its dubai, hush, hush)

I just hope the locals stand up and fight back instead of the royal family buying banks and football clubs while they stay poor and uneducated and government money is spent of employing people like rupert.

16 July, 2009 22:56  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Abudhabi now sellling Nurai luxury villas? Would expat millionaires in their right minds want to go and live in these places? How different will it be from Dubai? With that kind of investment one can live in much better places in the world.

19 July, 2009 08:27  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is good tidings for the natives... They are the silent and resentful majority and they want their country back.

19 July, 2009 13:57  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was a BBC WS report this morning from Sharjah. Expats there were reporting people still leaving in large numbers. A good gambler always obeys the golden rule: If your bet goes tits up, don't hang around and hope for an improvement... withdraw, move on, and accept the loss. This should be the philosophy for expats in the UAE. Especially the UAE, with its "benevolent autocrats", secret government, lawlessness, and its corruption culture. It was a lousy long term bet from Go.

20 July, 2009 08:26  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice piece from Ron Liddle of the Times ...Sordid reality behind Dubai's gilded facade....its not complimentary.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article6716543.ece

21 July, 2009 14:55  
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21 July, 2009 18:51  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

god does everyone on here just love to bitch about dubai or what? do you not have lives to lead? dubai is shit, where shall we all runaway to then?

22 July, 2009 00:52  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More fun & games:

UAE spying on citizens through an Etisalat BlackBerry update

http://www.blackberrycool.com/2009/07/uae-spying-on-citizens-through-an-etisalat-blackberry-update/

22 July, 2009 10:54  
Anonymous How can she slap?! said...

Check this out, she is the concubine of a prominent albiet former minister from the UAE:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iW-U3Ak9gw&feature=channel_page

22 July, 2009 11:50  
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23 July, 2009 00:06  
Anonymous Dubai Properties said...

I know times are bad but they will come good again!

I cannot see Dubai falling by the way side now it is one of the finest locations in the world.

24 July, 2009 17:54  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dubai turned out to be full of shit. It needs a deep cleansing (tad ero*tic). colonic :)

26 July, 2009 22:15  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Next article (Times):

http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/economics/article6728160.ece

28 July, 2009 13:43  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dubai is a shithole, a failed state where problems used to be resolved with money, laws easily adapted to the tune of the situation, the person(s) or companies involved. Now the economic recession is also hitting Dubai all the shit emerges; moronic administration and retarded judicial system. Dubai is nothing more than a dictatorship, a rogue state. Too bad a lot of people still fall for the layer of glitz and glamour veneer. Be warned underneath it's as rotten as hell.

30 July, 2009 12:48  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi SD, hope you are enjoying your summer. It’s really hot here in Dubai. And the humidity gives me the feeling of constantly pissing myself. I feel like buying a gandora (dish dash), wearing it without underwear and coolly strutting around town. Ahh, how nice would that be. But I’m worried. I have talked to some friends about strutting around in the local dress. None of my friends are local, a few are Arab and they all advised me against it. Why? The gandora is a tried and tested form of clothing that helps protect the person from the harsh environment of the Gulf. Surly, I protest, Dubai is a relatively free place and I should were whatever I please. The general response was "the locals might find it insulting". I continued to argue that non local Arabs like the Sudanese, Moroccans and Egyptians dress something similar and the locals don’t seem to mind. "Yes but they are Arab" was the reply. OK but when locals go to the UK they were suits and jeans of the most revolting colors and no one in the UK cares. "This is not the UK" they say. OK I’m going to do it anyway. So the next day I went to Mercato mall where beside the cinema there is a textile shop making custom gandoras. Went in and asked the tailor if it was ok to make me a gandora and if I could were it being a westerner. To my relief the tailor said it was perfectly normal and that they had quite a few westerners who purchase gandoras from them. So I had two gandoras made. To my astonishment none of the materials were 100% cotton. They all had some polyester in them. It turns out that the locals like the polyester as it does not wrinkle easily. This answered one of the questions that was always in the back of my mind 'How do they keep those dresses in such good form all day long'.
So I had two gondoras made UAE style. Yes the Saudi and other gulf Arabs have a different style mostly to do with the collar, you learn something new every day. So when I picked them up three days later I made casual conversation with the tailor on how relived I would be wearing those dresses without underwear. When I learned again something new. You have to wear cloth underneath the gandora so your shame doesn’t show. They call it a wazeer and it’s basically a cloth worn under the gandora like a towel covering you from your waist to your knees. Nice! That makes sense since I was worried that after I pee a droplet or two might scar my otherwise pristine white gandora.
Well I wore the gandora for two weekends, going every ware except bars where I knew it would be difficult to get it dress as I was. I got some strange looks here and there but in general no one took notice to the confused blond white boy wearing a gandora. That was until last weekend.
I was in Dubai mall when it happened. Me dressed in my wonderful white gandora, so cool was I that I felt I was wearing a air-conditioning unit on my back. Also my slippers were equally beautiful. Well I was sitting at the Costa cafe overlooking the ski slopes when a local, who was sitting beside me and with his wife, came up to me.

30 July, 2009 17:18  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(continued from above)

Here is the conversation that transpired:

Local (maybe in his early twenties), pointing : "What are you wearing?"
Me (smart ass response because he came up aggressive): "Clothes"
Local (even more aggressive): "These clothes are not for you. You are not Muslim".
Me: "But this kind of dress predates Islam and is very comfortable..."
Local (interrupting me, upset that I had mentioned Islam): "This is for Muslims and you are insulting Islam"

At this point my friends get scared. A local has accused me of insulting Islam which I know carries a hefty penalty, the maxim being death. My friends are feeling uncomfortable and advise me to apologize and leave before things get out of hand. I then tell the local, doubtful he understands:

"Isn’t Islam supposed to be the religion of tolerance? I ware the gandora with pride and respect towards your culture".

Then he says in simple terms: "I call CID now and you go jail". He makes a call.
I feel that the gandora is not the issue, the local wants to show me who’s boss. And because he has accused me of insulting Islam and his wife can be a witness as well as anyone else witnessing the scene I swallow my pride and apologize hysterically and plead that he not bring the police and he will never see me in a gandora again. Satisfied at my pathetic apologetic state and proud that he felt that he had defended Islam this local waved his hand saying: “Yealla go go”. Which I did, quickly.

Today I submitted my resignation. I have never felt like such a piece of shit in my life. Never has my pride felt so low. Fuck you Dubai, fuck you retarded above the law locals and fuck you Islam. Yes Dubai sucks!

30 July, 2009 17:18  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

youtube.com/watch?v=mUCDh8vZ4M0

31 July, 2009 03:56  
Anonymous Mohammad said...

Anon, dont compare some inferiority complexed people's rants with Islam. Islam says nothing about whether blondes can wear Kandora or not. Its people who have made those laws to have some sense of "superiority". I have never witnessed such behavior in other countries (such warped sense of superiority).
For that matter, non-Gulf Arabs are prohibited from wearing the black thing on top of headdresses as it symbolizws superiority and non-Gulf Arabs arent "superior" enough to claim superiority

02 August, 2009 07:50  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

everywhere else people treat them like rubbish, and laugh behind their back at their backwardness and dress. so in their own land, this is their idea of getting back at foreigners who choose to respect their dress by liking and wearing it ( why else would you wear it). some locals there think they just landed from the heaven, and all other races were there to wipe their ass.

02 August, 2009 14:38  
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03 August, 2009 23:18  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to the anon who wore kandoura, get a grip, western clothes you wear in the uk are universal, its not a cultural thing, im sure if you had someone wearing a kilt or a sari who wasnt indian or scottish you would think wtf are they doing? im glad you resigned your obviously a retard

04 August, 2009 00:16  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon above, your "argument" is typical of the distorted logic people use here, start on one tangent and end on another.

We can agree the local dress is cultural just like the sari.
Now, will any non-Indian be told to stop wearing a sari, and threatened with jail if she doesnt comply?
Never

Now given the quality of arguments people use here, I wouldnt be surprised to read a reply saying India still has a caste system and the US had slaves in 1855 (which, mysterically, makes it ok to threaten a person wearing a Kanodura with jail)

04 August, 2009 08:11  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"mysterically" ???????

04 August, 2009 09:20  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We Arab are Ass Holes and deserve everthing that has happened and will happen to us.

Simple... If you want to be treated with respect, first respect youself and others.

The Kandora story just shows how stupid we Arabs and how we will destroy everthing around us in the name of Islam when it has nothing to do with Islam.

Its only a matter or time when the west will precribe the the same Gaza Medicine to the rest of the Sick Arab World. And when that happens, we will stop sending the verbal rockets too.

04 August, 2009 10:35  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess Dubai is facing the aftermath of petropolitics...no more oil... declining markets....declining ex pat population.... declining consumer demands.... tourism , financial as well as manufacturing is a complete miss. Elder Brother funding money on covert terms ... members of the family bidding for the landmarks... if asked is Dubai a good place to live till next year... yes will be answer ( gives me enough time to pack up) good place to be in the next 5 years ? Hell no!

04 August, 2009 18:53  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TRUE LEADERSHIP

Sheikh Mohammed made to wait

Zoë Griffiths THE NATIONAL UAE / August 4. 2009 5:35PM GMT

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, will not be allowed to compete in International Equestrian Federation (FEI) endurance horse races until October 3 after an inquiry – the results of which were made public yesterday – confirmed one of his horses had been given banned substances.

He removed himself from events in April after his lawyers said horses at the Emaar Stables in Dubai had revealed traces of banned substances.

The investigation focused on Tahhan, a horse he rode at the CEI 120 kilometre endurance event in Sakhir, Bahrain on January 10 and the CEI 120 kilometre event in Dubai on February 28. The horse was found to have traces of two banned drugs in its system.

They were Guanabenz, a drug used to manage hypertension in humans, with a calming and pain relieving effect on animals, and, the anabolic steroid 16-b Hydroxy-Stanozolol, used by Ben Johnson at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

05 August, 2009 11:37  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FLY BUY DUBAI : TRANSIT TO JAIL :-)

The National staff* Last Updated: August 05. 2009

Nicole Stroop was one of them. Her time in Dubai last autumn was supposed to last only 15 hours.

Instead, the 34-year-old Canadian spent a night in jail and almost a month trying to get her passport back before flying out and vowing never to return.

Ms Stroop was on her way from a job in Kandahar to a holiday in South Africa when an altercation with a high-ranking immigration official in Dubai went wrong.

During the stopover, she left Dubai International Airport to join friends for dinner at the Irish Village. When she came back through security, officials told her there was a problem with her passport. After 45 minutes of questioning, during which things went steadily downhill, Ms Stroop faced two charges, one for allegedly disrespecting an official and another for the alcohol she had consumed at dinner.

There were also many frustrating – not to mention expensive – days spent figuring out how to navigate a foreign court system. In the end, an official apology won the return of her passport, and she left the country.

Had the case not been dropped, said Ms Stroop, “I could have been in jail for three years.”

The reasons cited for arrests include making or appearing to make rude hand gestures, drinking or carrying alcohol without a licence and, in the case of Ms Stroop, defending oneself just a little too vigorously for local sensibilities.

05 August, 2009 11:45  
Anonymous Markoel said...

"Nakheel are seeking an alternate home for the QE2, and have named Cape Town as its possible resting place due to no more money in the UAE."

What makes them think that South Africa or Cape Town has Money either? I live here and things are just as tight

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shocking to read

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/09/AR2009080902421.html?hpid=topnews

He said he fled Dubai because of gruesome threats by Dubai police interrogators to stick needles up his nose and what he described as constantly shifting, and all bogus, accusations relating to bullets, murder and the finances of Dubai World's now-defunct luxury submarine subsidiary. !!!

11 August, 2009 00:00  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the Anonymous with the Gandora story...


If your story is true... i appologise to you on behalf of many sane locals who i assure you do exit in the UAE.

I feel proud and happy when i see a foreigner wearing the local Gandora (Kandorah).

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I cringe as I watch the lovely city I grew up in, turn into a economic misery. The ‘good’ news is, Dubai will always have an abundance of cheap labor available from surrounding countries. The bad news is, no amount of cheap construction workers and underpaid servants, can cut enough overhead costs to the country, to afford paying off the gigantic debt it undertook to build all those projects(half of which are not complete and the other half being vacated, courtesy of fleeing expats). Dubai will rebound, at best, to the cool, brisk city it used to be in the early to mid-nineties (The tallest structure back then was the Trade Center….ahhhh…glorious days…)

17 August, 2009 17:43  
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.gulfnews.com/nation/Police_and_The_Courts/10342710.html

23 August, 2009 21:10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

not Dubai as such, but this one on Abu Dhabi is equally as worrying http://www.forbes.com/2009/08/27/davidson-abu-dhabi-markets-econ-censorship.html

29 August, 2009 15:50  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the is no way the uae can survive with all of you watching it like a desert hawk!

30 August, 2009 01:15  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nakheel Should come clean with the hard working investors who made it what it currently is.
They should announce and without delay the Indeed they have canceled the Badrah II project, cause no way they will complete it in by end of 2011 and they can not extend the delivery any further.
So all they are doing is frustrating the investors and trying to push them to so called consolidation. This is just not acceptable behaviour from someone like Nakheel. They will lose so much turst than what they already have lost with the investors, it will simply stupid for Nakheel to continue with Badrah II and other off plans projects , no investor will be crazy enough to continue paying them any further instalments, why would they, when they can get for the same price a finished, larger property in place like JBR or Dubai Marina.??
Time for Nakheel and those who are running it to come clean and by honnest for a change.
Time for the Dubai Governmet to also get invoved.

In short Off Plans Projects Must be canceled ASAP and those who paid deposits should get a full refund.

The Dubai Government MUST force Nakheel, and other developers to come clean and do the right thing, because without expats investments, these developers will soon be history

30 August, 2009 02:37  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what nakheel is doing is standard practice by international standards for world business and world government (in case you haven't noticed)

30 August, 2009 05:38  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nakheel is keeping international standards in lack of accountability, and in government protection from legal procedures? yeah tell me more!

uae can never survive with people watching it like hawks? oh yes, i forgot, it can only survive by fixing and wheeling dealing...so everyone, please look the other way!

30 August, 2009 13:49  
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01 September, 2009 06:19  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, can anyone tell me if there are plenty of job opportunities in Dubai these days? I am a financial serives professional in NYC and there are no jobs. Should I try Dubai for opportunities?

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04 September, 2009 02:41  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@fxexchanger@yahoo.com

Are you joking? Opportunities are far and few between. Just stay where you are and focus on Abu Dhabi if you really want to come to the Middle-East

04 September, 2009 12:16  
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07 September, 2009 00:01  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

China-bound UAE air force plane detained at Kolkata with arms, explosives
IANS 7 September 2009, 01:08pm IST
|
KOLKATA: A transport aircraft of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) air force that had landed at Kolkata airport for refuelling on Sunday evening was
detained for carrying arms and explosives without declaring them, an official spokesperson said here on Monday. ( Watch Video )

The UAE air force plane (C130J) was flying from Abu Dhabi to Hanyang in China and had landed at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) airport here to refuel.
He said, "When the customs officials from the airport boarded the aircraft to carry out a customary check they found a large cache of arms, ammunition and explosives inside, which was not mentioned in the form. They immediately informed the Airports Authority of India (AAI), police and the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).

"Later all nine crew members, including the captain, were detained and the aircraft was parked at one of the airport bays," he said, adding that the customs officials did a "wonderful job" by detecting the arms and ammunition in the plane.

07 September, 2009 12:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MANY CLAIM THAT REPORTS ON ECONOMIC PROBLEMS IN DUBAI ARE ALARMIST,OVER THE TOP, DISCREDITED, AND A PLOY BY WESTERN MEDIA. HOW ABOUT THIS IN 'The National', UAE? Maybe a ploy by UAE to discredit Dubai?

Abandoned, the dream cars of Dubai

Hugh Naylor, September 06. 2009

Dubai // A few months ago, any one of them probably would have turned heads. Today, few people give them a second glance except, perhaps, to read the latest graffiti scrawled in the thick dust that has obliterated their lustre.

They are the abandoned cars of Dubai, among them Porsches, Mercedes and BMWs. Each was once someone’s dream, but now they are unloved, unwanted and making a poor job of fending for themselves on the streets of the city.

Take the BMW Z3 wasting away on a side street in Dubai Marina. There is little sadder than the sight of a once proud sports car slumped in the gutter, its top down, tyres all but flat and its gleaming black paint job lost beneath an ever-thickening layer of dust.

But in many parts of the city, such a spectacle is a common sight, and just another reminder that we are living through hard times.

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08 September, 2009 19:29  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meltdown hits Gulf job market, emigration falls 30 per cent
9 Sep 2009, 0106 hrs IST, IANS

NEW DELHI: Emigration from India to the Gulf has fallen 30 per cent with the global meltdown hitting the job market in West Asia.

"Emigration to Gulf has come down by about 30 percent due to economic recession," said the official data presented by the overseas Indian affairs ministry at the two-day consultation meeting with state governments that began here Tuesday.

09 September, 2009 01:03  
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10 September, 2009 10:55  
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10 September, 2009 11:33  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well now we have the METRO ! who is going to pay for all this? People going to get rid of their cars and travel? or will the laborers use the Metro? The expat population is not going to go up much is it?

what's up SD no new posts?

10 September, 2009 16:02  
Blogger mahad said...

to the anon who wore kandoora,you are by all means a paranoid sad man/or woman with an amazingly wild imagination. Did you get paid to write such drivel - or do you come up with this nonsense all by yourself? you expect this forums educated street smart people to believe your racist islamphobic rant u have thing coming.by the way if local saw you wearing a kondora he might just congratulate on such attire and not go on to accuse you paranoid conspiracy. as you imagined up for us.I can only assume you've written this as feel-good measure in support of other armchair warriors. and since you'e resigned and left why remain anonymous you should have nothing to fear. but we all know your a little cowardly cunt.

10 September, 2009 19:49  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice work mahad...did not know you know everything going on in your country, and nothing like the kandoorah episode could ever happen without your knowledge. while at this, could you please do something about the maid torure and abuse, since you would be involved.

10 September, 2009 22:13  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CAN WE PLEASE HAVE THE SELF STYLED LOCAL AND ALMOST LOCAL GUARDIANS OF THE UAE SLAVERY SYSTEM PLEASE DENY EVERYTHING BELOW THE AS THE FEVERED IMAGINATION OF JOHANN HARI OR SOMEONE LIKE THAT...


Kuwait mulls gradual end to sponsor system for expats

Agency France Press, Thursday September 10, 2009, Kuwait City

Kuwait will soon start a gradual process of scrapping the sponsorship system for foreign workers, criticised by human rights bodies as akin to slavery, a minister said in press comments on Thursday.

Under the scheme, applied in most other oil-rich Gulf states, foreign workers must be sponsored by a local businessman, thus keeping them at the mercy of their employers.

Rights groups say that the system spawns widespread abuses.

"The ministry plans to scrap the sponsorship system for certain categories of expatriates provided they have a clean security record," Social Affairs and Labour Minister Mohammed al-Afasi said in comments published in Al-Anbaa daily.

Afasi said under the plan, exempted workers can sponsor themselves and will enjoy full freedom of movement and choosing jobs.

The minister did not specify the groups to be covered but said this will depend on the duration of their stay in Kuwait and type of work.

"The sponsor system is against human liberty," said the minister. "The current situation is almost chaotic with regards to the exploitation of foreign workers and depriving them of many rights stipulated by the law."

Under the sponsor system, foreign workers are bonded to their employers and have no right to move to other jobs without the prior approval of their current employers.

10 September, 2009 22:15  
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11 September, 2009 17:05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

keep up the good work, don't let these arabs get away with anything, watch them like a desert-hawk, how dare they make money and profit, only america and england are allowed to make money and profit...yada yada

12 September, 2009 08:49  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This blog is dead, hasnt been updated in two months, guess the owner got nabbed and is rotten in jail somewhere in the desert...or left due to downturn. The actual blog is now the latest users comments...a pity.

13 September, 2009 16:44  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HOW THE DUBAI LEGAL SYSTEM WORKS IF YOU ARE NOT AN EMIRATI:

Timeline to murder

* May 2009 - Debaz goes on trial for harassing Ruma. The court hears that he ‘threatened to tear her eyes out’.
* June 2, 2009 - He is found guilty of harassment but escapes jail by being given a three-month suspended sentence.
* June 7, 2009 - Debaz goes to Ruma’s home and threatens to kill her 11-year-old son and cut her husband’s legs off. He is held in police custody.
* July 26, 2009 - He is released by police on bail.
* September 6, 2009 - Debaz threatens to kill Ruma. She makes a complaint to officers at Bur Dubai Police Station.
* September 7, 2009 - He threatens her once again and she informs police. Hours later he stabs her to death and stabs her sister in the arm before committing suicide.
* September 9, 2009 - Debaz had been due to appear before Dubai Court of First Instance to face the second harassment case. The court is informed of the pair’s deaths

13 September, 2009 17:05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ Mahad

Sorry to tell you but all locals are racist. If the gandora story happened or not i think its typical of the attitude of you sand niggers anyway. Did you think that if you build a tall building that you have the right to call yourselves civilized. You are the same people that TE Lawrence called mean and greedy 70 years ago. You and your kind will never be civilized because you dont deserve to be. The desert is the only place for you and when the foreigners leave the desert will take back the cities they built.

14 September, 2009 13:22  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

not sure what is happening with this blog, but glad to see that the good ‘ole ‘’cultural melting pot’’ of dubai is still bubbling away with deep seated racism.

I left the sweaty hole over two years ago and I can not stress enough how much beter my life is. I am no longer forced to endure fat, spoilt & ignorant locals or boring & obnoxious chav expats. I am also looking on with unadulturated glee as the arse falls out of the economy. Watching property prices plummet makes me smile as I remember all those jumped up expats (who would be bin-men if they had stayed at home) yammering on and on about their beautiful lives……hows that going for you now?

so to sum up, the locals are ignorant, the western expats are obnoxious and ye all deserve each other.

Enjoy the heat and negative equity guys.

14 September, 2009 18:08  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear SD,

I hope your ok, we miss you. Please give us a sign of life.

Love U,

Ano

15 September, 2009 23:52  
Blogger secretdubai said...

I'm here - I plan to post something soon.

I've been tweeting a few interesting articles in the meantime:
http://twitter.com/secretdubai

Sorry for such a long absence and thanks everyone for commenting here ;)

16 September, 2009 00:05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL, so locals are not civilised right? i guess in that sense 90% of the worlds population is totally fucked up then? you guys who are bitter about dubai, you probabilly are to thick to get a job here or couldnt keep up with the 'luxurious' life style, have fun back in the uk with all the lovely nice people, amazing weather, low crime, glitz and glam, shall i go on?

18 September, 2009 15:36  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes please...you forgot free sex...without your government looking over our ass

23 September, 2009 13:16  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF MORONS:

Beer-drinking Malaysian woman's caning to go ahead
AP 29 September 2009
KUALA LUMPUR: A judge in Malaysia has upheld a court verdict to cane a Muslim woman for drinking beer, news reports said on Monday, re-igniting a
controversy over Islamic justice in this moderate Muslim-majority country.
The Star newspaper's website and national news agency Bernama said the chief Shariah judge of Pahang state ruled that a Shariah High Court's verdict against Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno, 32, was correct and should stay.

29 September, 2009 12:10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

UAE Businessman accused of assaulting air hostess
Praveen Menon
September 30. 2009 7:13PM GMT

DUBAI // Indian police have arrested a UAE national for allegedly groping an air hostess during an Emirates Airline’s flight from Dubai to Hyderabad.

The businessman was charged by airport police after the woman registered a complaint, according to media reports in India. He is being held on charges of assault, or use of “criminal force with intent to outrage her modesty”, reports said.

01 October, 2009 12:38  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This blog is dead.

04 October, 2009 11:30  
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05 October, 2009 23:55  
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06 October, 2009 10:07  
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13 October, 2009 11:32  
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14 October, 2009 09:00  
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17 October, 2009 19:16  
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27 October, 2009 11:06  
Anonymous hotels in whistler said...

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03 November, 2009 12:32  
Anonymous Dubai City Information said...

i have said it time and again. every place has its pros and cons. dubai is not the best, but there are many places much worse...

05 November, 2009 09:07  
Blogger dubai-forever said...

Hi,
I am Shabbir Kagalwala, from www.dubai-forever.com. I've been following your blog, since the past few days and am to be honest quite impressed by your style of writing and by the topics you unearth. (secret, huh?)

I myself love to write (more like type, is it?), using words and sentences to get the point across in a subtle and humorous way.

Well, let's come down to business, I'd like to interview you as you have achieved a cult status amongst Dubai's jet-set and publish it on my website.

It would be an email interview, where I'll send you some questions by email and you can reply to those within a time frame as suitable to you.

Please reply with a YES, to shabbir@dubai-forever.com, so that I can send you the interview questions. (NO doesn't exist in your dictionary, right?)

07 November, 2009 18:07  
Anonymous Dubai Information said...

no this blog is not dead mr or mrs anonymous. this blog is one of the few honest blogs on dubai . . . i know SD does not go crazy on the posts, but the occasional that come out are of high quality. please keep it up!

09 November, 2009 06:02  
Anonymous Harry said...

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11 November, 2009 13:55  
Anonymous Dubai Sports said...

Dubai is a great city and I love popping across on business every few months.
The city has changed a lot in the last 10 years but I think neither for the better or worse.

17 November, 2009 19:28  
Anonymous unJane said...

I look forward to all of my trips out of the UAE and one reason is that I can catch up on your musings so sorry there's nothing new on your horizon worth reporting. Hope you are otherwise well.

20 November, 2009 19:56  
Anonymous weight loss said...

I cannot see Dubai falling by the way side now it is one of the finest locations in the world.

I know times are bad but they will come good again!

24 November, 2009 10:23  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I´m the anonimous Mr, and I´m very happy to see that you are alive and kickin´. Please keep the good posting, ´cause you have a lot of work coming up, I´m sure you know what I mean. Cheers!

26 November, 2009 16:02  
Anonymous DUBAI VISIT GUIDE said...

Nice one! Cheers!

01 December, 2009 06:15  
Anonymous Dubai City Information said...

any solid theories on the near and long term future of dubai anyone? let's have an analysis that is supported by facts and not merely speculation. what about abu dhabi's emergence? they have solid oil wealth.

21 January, 2010 07:33  
Blogger Abandoned by Dubai said...

I wish for people to hear my story.

http://burdenedbydebt.blogspot.com/2010/09/burdened-by-debt-abandoned-by-dubai.html

Rgds

05 September, 2010 10:50  

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