Category: United Arab Emirates

I arrive very sceptical. There is a lot about Dubai not to like. An agglomeration of glitzy shopping malls, where appearance often seems more important than substance. Artificial neighbourhoods that have been built into the sea in the shape of palm trees and Dubai’s idea of a tourist experience seems to be a visit to one of the many theme parks or a motorized excursion into the desert. The Youth Hostel is expensive and there is not even internet.
But the better I get to know Dubai, the more I realize that there also is a lot to like. […]

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I observe racism even before entering the country. Approaching immigration, a security guard directs people into different lines. So far so good, but the guard does not direct people with the intention that all lines have roughly equal length but separates people like me into the “short line” and people that look like labourers from South Asia into the “long line”. Whereas only a few people are in my line, there are more than 50 in the other line. Who cares if the labourers have to wait? […]

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