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To think that no-one should go to Dubai

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Sallyingforth Sat 20-Jul-13 14:42:05

while they treat women like this...

Jailed for being raped.

FreudiansSlipper Sat 20-Jul-13 14:44:16

sadly this does not surprise me

also the way they treat migrant workers is terrible

i went there hated the place and would never go back

Alisvolatpropiis Sat 20-Jul-13 14:45:10


There are so many reasons why I would rather shoot myself with a bolt gun than visit that place,the above being one of them.

coco87 Sat 20-Jul-13 14:46:37

Why would anyone want to go anyway. It's like an even more artificial Las Vegas made with oil money in a country where women and many "guest" workers are treated like shit. I would never go there, even if they paid me!

SuperiorCat Sat 20-Jul-13 14:48:10

YANBU, that news item is shocking

Arisbottle Sat 20-Jul-13 14:48:16

I once went with DH for something to do with his job, it struck me as a completely soulless place.

hermioneweasley Sat 20-Jul-13 14:50:23

YANBU. For that reason and many others, as others have said

Hassled Sat 20-Jul-13 14:50:58

YANBU. It beats the hell out of me why anyone goes there - I get all the impressive luxury and fun-filled heat, etc, but how you can enjoy that knowing the appalling record on worker's rights and everything else just baffles me. It's a city built by slavery.

Damnautocorrect Sat 20-Jul-13 14:52:57

I've friends and family over there, everyone looks very confused when I say I don't want to go.

kim147 Sat 20-Jul-13 14:53:42

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NumTumDeDum Sat 20-Jul-13 14:56:36

Yadnbu. I cannot understand the lure. You couldn't pay me to go. Dreadful country, stupid laws.

squoosh Sat 20-Jul-13 15:00:15


Awful place, built on slave labour. Do not get the appeal one little bit. And as for ex pats living there who proudly boast that they have servants. Ugh.

Plus, you might bump into Wayne Rooney.

ZillionChocolate Sat 20-Jul-13 15:12:48

It's horrific.

Saw this on Fb just as I was reading this thread. Shocking.
I will never ever go to Dubai

dolcelatte Sat 20-Jul-13 15:25:08

'A confession or 4 male witnesses'

In other words, a conviction is virtually impossible and it is horrific to imagine how many such crimes go unreported. The authorities clearly don't see the violation of women as a crime at all - far worse, in their eyes, to consume a cocktail!

Actually, I don't get the drinking offence at all - we stopped off in Dubai for a day earlier in the year (which was quite enough!), and most places served alcohol for tourists, otherwise nobody would go there.

I agree that it's a hideous place lacking any soul or beauty - at least, I didn't see any, but I was only there for a day.

pianodoodle Sat 20-Jul-13 15:29:49

I have a friend who lives and teaches there and seems to love it.

I'm not xenophobic but going to a place with Sharia law and so many rules to remember would just give me an anxiety attack.

I don't think I'd be happy in a place where I'd feel like a second class citizen once I stepped off the plane.

Maybe that's not how it actually feels but I don't know - I'd be nervous rightly or wrongly.

squoosh Sat 20-Jul-13 15:31:31

I think you'd be right to be nervous piano.

pianodoodle Sat 20-Jul-13 15:35:34

Plus I don't think they allow codeine. If I got a migraine out there it'd be a nightmare...

I didn't read the story in the link as it looks upsetting (pregnant hormones/slight depression)

Sometimes I read these things and think it must be an exaggeration or misreporting but no I think this stuff really does happen to women and it's just horrific sad

Twirlyhot Sat 20-Jul-13 15:37:05

I won't set foot there. DH has refused to go for work.

Shakey1500 Sat 20-Jul-13 15:37:35

Yanbu. It's utterly vile.

I'm always amazed at a "Should we live in Dubai" thread when posters pitch up extollling it's virtues and blatantly choosing to overlook the despicable ways. But that it's ok because the shops are great and the wages ridiculously high.

dolcelatte Sat 20-Jul-13 15:38:36

Actually, in the scheme of things, Dubai is comparatively 'liberal' and women there have infinitely more freedom than in the other Gulf states, although it still falls way short of the standards of justice which we expect. Imagine being a woman in Saudi......

HollyBerryBush Sat 20-Jul-13 15:39:09

And as for ex pats living there who proudly boast that they have servants

Bit like people here all excited because they have a nanny/au pair/cleaner or even window cleaner. All paid employees.

oohdaddypig Sat 20-Jul-13 15:39:27


What hassled said. Gets me every time.

scripsi Sat 20-Jul-13 15:40:05

yanbu, I have refused to go there. I have friends who seem to think it is the best place on earth: it seems like a paradise until something goes wrong (and as long as you can completely turn a blind eye to how so many are treated there).

Twirlyhot Sat 20-Jul-13 15:40:08

Yes. Who are paid a living wage, have employment rights, limits to working hours, the freedom to quit etc

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