"Culturally and economically I think Dubai has a lot of similarities with Melbourne and indeed Australia” (source)
The UAE was one of 14 countries in the world that the US blacklisted for human trafficking.
So Bernie, where’s the cultural similarity with Australia?
“Myer expects its Middle East expansion to provide growth and opportunities back home.”
"There will be reverse synergies from this. There will be products in the United Arab Emirates which we will be able to bring back to Australia.”
Yes, Bernie, I’m looking forward to being able to buy my burqua from the Melbourne Myer store. And maybe Myer could also stock a line in canes and whips for husbands to use on recalcitrant wives!
Nakheel Fashion is owned by Dubai's ruling Maktoum family "(Nakheel) will bring their property and HR expertise, local, social and economic structure, and we will bring our brands, our product and our retail knowledge," Bernie said. (refrence) (reference)
Is there anything the Maktoum family doesn’t have its fingers in?
Nakheel Retail is a shopping mall developer and manager as well as a retail brand operator. Its asset portfolio includes Ibn Battuta Mall, the world’s largest themed shopping mall, which will house the new Myer store. (reference)
“The project will consist of approximately 250 to 300 apartments, townhouses and villas accommodating a population of more than 1,000 people…The ground-breaking was attended by Yousuf Kazim, Managing Director, Nakheel Joint Ventures, Jumeirah Village and Jumeirah Islands and Ayman Adel Kamal, Chief Investments and Real Estate, Dubai Islamic Bank, both of whom are to be appointed to the Board of Directors of Tashyed."
Nakheel Retail Shopping Malls division to become the largest shopping mall developer in the Middle East by 2012
Ayman Adel Kamal, said:
"Today we are pleased to announce the inauguration project for our joint venture with Nakheel…Nakheel will provide development management, as well as sales and marketing services, with Dubai Islamic Bank supplying banking, mortgage and financial services expertise.” (source)
So what makes Nakheel tick?
“At Nakheel we are driven by the same vision as first expressed by Sheikh Rashid and carried through by Sheikh Mohammed. That vision is for a better way of life for his people. It was a vision with humanity at its heart.
Nakheel shares that vision and that feeling for humanity."
As our Chairman, H.E. Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem puts it:
"Nakheel is more than a company - it is a belief. A belief that defies ordinary thinking... when conventional wisdom says no we say yes and make it happen." (source)
It seems little boys abducted as child jockeys are not part of that vision.
And if Nakheel is a belief, is it a belief based on the supremacy of Islam, which views non-Arab workers as expendable?
But they’re right about one thing – conventional wisdom says no to slavery and discrimination against non-Muslims!
Of course, behind all this feverish development, there is the ever-present worry of Islamists bursting the Dubai bubble. Arabs won’t be happy about this, as much of their wealth is invested in Dubai, which they regard as a safe financial haven in the dysfunctional Arab world. With an 80% expat population out of the nearly one million residents in Dubai, there is certainly much for Islamists to be angry about, what with all those infidels contaminating Arabian soil.
"There is a high threat from terrorism," an official travel advice notice for the country said. "We believe terrorists may be planning to carry out attacks in the UAE."The advice says attacks could happen at any time and may target residential compounds, military, oil, transport and aviation interests.
"You should maintain a high level of security awareness, particularly in public places," the advice says.At least 100,000 UK citizens are resident in the UAE and more than one million Britons travelled there in 2006, the British embassy says. Many observers are surprised that Dubai, with its high concentration of westerners and relaxed dress code, has not yet been struck by al-Qaeda-inspired Islamist militants. (reference)
Reading the chatter on a local blogsite, it becomes apparent that there are many disaffected expats in UAE. Just some of the comments:
“Dubai is probably the ONLY country in the world where Govt is 'officially' looting the public. This artificial construction and development has to drop with a major crash in real-estate. If I have 10 million I would rather not invest in a Dubai house where 80% of buyers are speculators.”
.hey.................. when you pay taxes you know what you owe and you know where its going or can ask where its going........when it hits you as fees and other funny form of charges.......... you dont know how much or where is the money going.
"Is it worth all the trouble because the salaries are good?"
Who ever said the salaries are any good? There was a time when a salary of AED 10,000 was considered to be a staggering amount! Now its enough to get by with...
I've been here for five years only. I saw my income increase by 100% since I landed (It's not exceptional luck, just that I was paid peanuts at the beginning)and my expenses skyrocket by 50% plus a year. Do the math and you'll wonder, like I do, what the hell am I still doing here.Sex Trafficking in Dubai
I do agree with Anon: the local government and its institutions are looting the expats' revenues anyway they can. Taxes that are called 100 other names, fees nobody can explain, agency laws to keep market prices controlled by a handfull of powerful families, on anything and everything from foodstuff to clothes through household appliances and telecoms.
Absolutely nothing is done to alleviate the pressure on the expats.
Don't get me wrong, I AM lucky enough to still be (barely)cash positive at the end of the month. I just can't stand the principle of sharing my revenu with the local govt and get nothing in return. (source)
Hey LocalExpat, I hate to worry you, but you could soon be facing a prison sentence for your criticism of the Government and ruling families!
But not to worry - I’m sure you’d get a fair trial under sharia.
Just like Australia eh Bernie!
Let’s hope not. And let’s all say NO TO SHARIA!