I have heard many good things about Dubai. We call it the Muslim New York City. They have large and luxoriuos buildings with adjacet malls with all of the Western and Europeon stores you can think of.”Fifty per cent of the world’s supply of cranes are now at work in Dubai on projects worth $100bn – twice the World Bank’s estimated cost of reconstructing Iraq and double the total foreign investment in China, the word’s third-largest economy.” (Taken from: Welcome to the other side of Dubai)
Now here are some of the things you don’t hear about:
The average pay for an unskilled labourer is around $4 a day, and that is enough of a lure for the impoverished of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to flock to the UAE. The jobs are arranged through contractors and those who get them have to take out loans, often at exorbitant rates of interest, to pay for their passage. On arrival in Dubai, their passports are confiscated to prevent absconding while they are on contract.
Wait there is more:
It is not just construction workers who claim to be used and discarded in Dubai. Nannies and maids brought over from south-east Asia, mainly the Philippines, also complain of mistreatment. In extreme cases they are badly beaten. Many end up without jobs after disagreements with their employers. Some drift into prostitution.
Really sad. I guess these are the consequences of the rulers, government officials and construction companies face in Dubai when trying to be a first world nation with a western identity.
Full Article: Welcome to the other side of Dubai