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24 May, 2004

Happy Finish RAK-style

Ras Al Khaimah cops have got a big job on their hands - trying to "crack down" on the emirate's myriad massage parlours. More than 120 massage parlours have been licensed in the past two years, and another 250 had their applications rejected "because the authorities believe there was no need for them."

Surely not. Ras Al Khaimah has less than 200,000 residents of which 30,000 live in the city. Discount slave-wage expats who can't afford a massage, and ignore women, children and the sick and elderly; and the result given nearly 400 parlours would be approximately one per ten RAK city gents. Assuming around 10 masseuses in each parlour, there's one per man. Do the authorities expect RAK blokes to have to share?

This story is a good example of UAE journalistic delicacy:

"Many people complained to police about the behaviour of the women, who would dress provocatively and exchange telephone numbers with men on the street. Some of the parlours have installed computers through which they email potential clients pictures of their female staff who, they say, are available to visit him in the privacy of his home. "

For the interested, it's Dh100 a bang at a parlour, or Dh150 a bang for a home visit. Dh500 and you get the full Pretty-Woman-overnight experience.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think you have even the slightest understanding of the 'stone age laws' or the country you are living in... Start reading and stop gossiping

29 March, 2007 13:01  

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