"Oh yes, it looks good, doesn't it? But we've all made a pact with the devil to be here. You get the tax-free salary, but in return you have to give up all your rights. There's no accountability, no transparency, no rule of law. There's no legislative body. Very few employment rights. It looks like a modern country, but it takes more than a few skyscrapers to create one of those. Scratch the surface and it's a different story. And if you're a silly young girlie who gets into trouble, then forget it.'You can face up to six years for having sex on the beach, like a recent couple is dealing with now. You can get fired from your job for any reason. (Just like here! Haha.) You can be held without trial for months! You get 4 years in jail auto-fucking-matically if you're caught with drugs. Oh, and there's the combo plate of these problems: "Cat Le-Huy, a producer with Endemol, spent three weeks in jail without being charged, for possession of Melatonin—jet-lag pills." Also! The huge construction boom relies mostly on armies of exploited foreign workers who need to pay off a debt to whatever person or agency brought them to Dubai. Large construction sites are referred to as "labor camps." Says the Dubai Expat Forum: about getting a work visa:
"Men can sponsor their wives and children, but only women in a handful of select occupations (lawyer, doctor, teacher, engineer – on high salaries) can sponsor their husbands. A wife's visa will say 'Housewife-not permitted to work', but she can work provided the husband provides a NOC (No Objection Certificate). You cannot sponsor your partner if unmarried. It is also illegal [for unmarried couples] to co-habit."Also, you can drink in bars, but you cannot have it in your home unless you have a license. And that's if you're a non-native—it's illegal for Muslims to have it. Also: local laws not a big fan of the gays! "When I visited last week, it was Ramadan and the restrictions in Dubai are far harsher than in any other Arab country I've visited. Eating and drinking during daylight hours is illegal; even for non-Muslims, having a sip of water can mean a jail sentence," added the Guardian. So, scratch Dubai. Next week, we'll explore Shanghai.