It is home to some of the tallest and most opulent skyscrapers in the world but behind Dubai's glittering facade, life for many of the people who helped build it, could not be more different.
Some migrant workers are facing destitution and are being prevented from returning home - a situation campaigners are calling "a form of modern day slavery".
Photo Credit: BBC
In yesterday's article we discussed the myth that The United Arab Emirates Is an Advanced nation. We concluded that our Emirati reader who claimed that his country is advanced and tolerant is either delusional or dishonest. Today the same Muslim left this fantastically delusional or dishonest comment:
Come here and see hundred of thousands of foreigners, much much more educated and experienced than you idiot, work and live in peace and happiness. Westerns are begging job opportunities to leave their crap countries and come to the Gulf in general and Dubai in particular! Gentlemen, wakeup .... world is no more yours. The present and the future are ours!
Job opportunities? Oh really? Watch this:
YouTube, Slaves of Dubai
For months, the BBC’s Ben Anderson hung out around the glittering, insane towers springing up in Dubai trying to infiltrate the community of expatriate workers who are putting them up. What he found when he finally got in was that the jewel of the Arab world is almost entirely built upon imported slave labor.
I have no doubt that we will hear excuses from our reader from Dubai, that the video is a Jewish lie. Yes, I suppose Jews might control the BBC - highly improbable, but I suppose possible to the Muslim mind. But is the Indian consul for labor and welfare in Dubai a Jew?
Mr. BAYA SAYID(PH) MUBARAK (Consul, Labor and Welfare, Consulate General of India, Dubai): Even though the city is so glamorous, there is another other side of the city where people generally struggle to come up.
WATSON: Baya Sayid Mubarak deals with labor issues at the Indian Consulate. Roughly a quarter of the UAE's population--more than 1.2 million people--are Indian. Mubarak says the city's economic miracle would not be possible without armies of poorly paid construction workers from the Indian sub-continent, most of whom are forced to give up their passports upon arrival in the UAE.
WATSON: Not far from the resorts and skyscrapers, foreign construction workers live eight and ten to a room in labor camps like this one where they take turns preparing dinner in a communal kitchen.
(Soundbite of food frying)
WATSON: Most of these men make about $150 a month and many are trapped in a cycle of poverty and debt, which amounts to little more than indentured servitude. Twenty-four-year-old Sivanescin Argimen(ph) says he hasn't seen his wife and two children since the day he left India five years ago, after he took out loans to pay for his plane ticket.
Mr. SIVANESCIN ARGIMEN (Resident, Dubai): (Unintelligible)
WATSON: While Argimen struggled to pay back interest on his loan, his company withheld pay and broke a promise to fly him back home. Another side of Dubai which is technically illegal, but widespread here, is prostitution. Resident journalist Yusef Ibrahim calls Dubai the sin city of the Middle East.
I suppose NPR is controlled by Jews as well. Instead of admitting his country is one big slave camp, my Muslim reader will blame me for reading the Jewish controlled media. Is he delusional or dishonest? I cannot tell.
In past articles I have warned infidels from traveling to Muslim countries, see If Only Sarai Sierra Had Read My Blog She Would not be Missing in Turkey, so now I must warn even poor Muslim workers not to seek work in other Muslim countries.