I think it's a great place to have a holiday. Great restaurants, great service, fab shopping and spa treatments.
I do understand the problems of domestic and construction staff being exploited but this is not a problem unique to Dubai. I just don't get the vitriol, the 'it has no culture' etc.. I say get out of the bitter farm and play with the hay!
Re Poole. I did live there in a nasty house in a horrid street called Shaftesbury Road. I was doing some bank community nursing t the time, Canford Heath and Turlin Moor were delightful. The kids were lovely, so gentle and polite. Poole should have a dome placed over it and the people moved to another country or better, planet.