Dubai: Expectation vs reality – BBC News

Dubai – perhaps the best known city of the United Arab Emirates, with a reputation for attracting the glamorous and the wealthy.

But what’s going on beneath the surface? The BBC’s Frank Gardner explains how not everything is as it seems.

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  1. Being a billionaire or wealthy expat, is a bit like being Del Boy and Rodney in Miami Twice. You get showered with luxuries and jet set life style, so you feel relaxed and happy there, so don ochetis boys (the old bill) can as soon as the opportunity arises, drag you away and get you killed, on some phoney rape charge or at least chop your hands off c off for a false theft charge. If you are such a seemingly well blessed person, seriously sell up and just go to Monaco or anywhere out of the Middle East. I’m poor, compared to you guys, but I actually feel sorry for you all.

  2. Where there is wealth, there is also poverty behind. I lide seeing the reality of each country. Turism sells travel packages for whom has money.

  3. in general, a nefarious place where natural conditions are manipulated and disturbed for human pleasure. A very low level of consciousness focused on money and empty pleasure. It is time to move on to something more intelligent and with focused priorities.

  4. BBC forever will critisize others. Look into the bloody mirror you gastly rats. Dubai is perfect u like the dirty streets of London where people are cold hearted as the weather.

  5. Human right, none!

    Dubai is just North Korea but for tourists,
    Even in the poorest countries in the world, working conditions are better.
    There is no use staying in dubai for over a week, unless your a local citizen, Emirati people have basically everything for free,
    There is a fine line between u dubai u are wanted to see and the dubai that expats live in, it's basically 2 faced,

    Ps. I've lived in uae for 12 years, trust me, u won't find any human rights here.

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  7. Bbc goal is to make this arab country look bad because it is making progress then they make different news channels under different names to spread the same lie i have been in Dubai and the reality is really happy and a wonderful place to visit. I am and from uae but like your being such a bad liar

  8. Dubai is Literally build by Nepalese worker, where many lost their lives in high Heat Construction.. Kingdom of Nepal ready to Launch a full scale invasion with the help of Royal Gurkhas Armies, Nepalese army from India and Indian Army along with Chinese army for Justice.. 3.3 millions muslims is a Joke.. End is coming for the Dubai King and his People.. Over served

  9. Dubai is like that one guy who goes overboard and buys the most expensive clothing to try and impress everyone, but instead, no one's impressed, no one cares, and everyone knows that he's trying too hard.

  10. Don't break the law if you don't want to wind up in prison. Its that simple.
    Public display of affection is one of the things that are not generally tolerated.

    Tourists should do their research rather than blaming the host country for enforcing the law.

  11. I've been to Abu Dhabi I was a kid though so I don't remember much but both my parents and grandparents have been to Dubai and the stories I heard from them my grandfather told us the taxi driver told him how they treated in dubai where they cramped up in a room and under payed one guy hasn't been home for almost 5-6 years and can't afford a ticket cause of the pay
    Overall the harsh truth is that dubai will treat you like garbage if you not rich like many say dubai is only for the rich

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    muchas y un buen ejercicio.
    5:25 Se deja ver que hay muy buenos resultados 😍👍

    Saludos desde la Cd.. de world 🌹😉💖
    los mortales abian apreciado tan hermosa mujer…

  13. Scams in Dubai from travelers. Beware of scammers. A new method of scamming and scamming travelers in Dubai in hotels. False reports of fights and disputes in the hotel are reported to the police, and the hotel manager complains to the police by making a false list of debts to the mother. Where the tourist has to pay a heavy fine to return to court, which usually takes a month, without being able to prove his innocence. New method of fraud in Dubai hotels. Treppan hotel in Sport City managed by Walid, is a scam. Please be careful. Mr. Walid, the manager of the treppan Hotel, cheated me and my family for 50000dirhams. Please be careful. Dubai is not a safe place for tourists. Photo of fraudulent manager of treppan hotel in dubai

  14. Dubai is the same as a hot girl
    All it can offer is sexual attraction because of the looks nothing else
    And Dubai is the same is the buildings in the desert and that’s it … nothing canes in your mind when you there
    Spain California Italy Greece Portugal Thailand all of them have their vibe and nostalgia from the past,
    Dubai is just cement building’s that’s it.
    Still is a good place for gold diggers

  15. Millionaires and businesses people are packing this place over the USA; lmfao I guess they are not scientists because the way the world is moving, global warming will literally give them a very very warm welcome. Everyone misbehaves when “The Sleeping Giant” gets confused on stupid issues with no values but when their people Unite for a common goal for the good of the many; then miracles happen. I have a dream…

  16. yet people still turn a blind eye to this country, the country has manipulated and enslaved hundreds of thousands of immigrants, forcing them to live in terrible conditions and work to build these luxurious buildings, with the countries system not allowing them to quit jobs they're stuck for the rest of their life building this shithole of a country. the fact that countries haven't taken the moral initiative to save their public view is amazing, you'd think they'd wanna make sure they weren't scrutinized but apparently not. I though Muslim culture was about 'piece with one another' and 'equality', just another lie to fool gullible folk so they can keep carrying out their disingenuous acts.

  17. LET me tell somethig interesting in dubai,its a good place for someone with a good job and for someone who wants a quality life,best part about dubai is that it respects all people ,its very practical as other nationalities outnumber the locals but still they give you the respect as long as you dont obey their rules,their rules maye conservative but it doesnt restrict you,trust me its way better than the west where you face descriminations a lot,one thing i need to emphazise is that the govt has always strived to give the best for its people and residents,so the people who are against the govt is damm low.i see some comments talking that all migrants built it,infact its true but the work is supervisied by their own citizens,the emiraties are very progressive and innovsative and thats why many people could live in such a country,im happy with thier laws as none could discriminate or do injustice to me ,and im even safer their as the law protects us damm,many countires which talks about freedom gives freedom a lot which results in injustice

  18. Dubai is a city that has been built by Slaves. Modern day slavery is alive and well in Dubai.

    More than 88.5% of UAE residents are foreign workers, with South Asian migrants constituting 42.5% of the UAE’s workforce.

    These migrants, usually illiterate and from impoverished, rural communities in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, reply to advertisements offering them $300 a month, food and accommodation in return for manual labour, 9-5, five days a week.

    Eager to move to Dubai and begin earning money that they can send home to their families, they take out loans of up to $3000 from unscrupulous recruitment agencies to pay the exorbitant ‘visa fees’ (which is actually illegal – the recruitment agencies are supposed to cover these fees) and board flights to Dubai, excited for a new life in the glitzy Emirate.

    When they touch down in Dubai, however, it’s a different story. Driven to squalid shanty towns on the outskirts of Dubai, where 45 men share one outdoor bathroom and 10 or more people sleep in a room, their passports are confiscated and they are told that they will actually be working 14 hour days, 6 or 7 days a week, in the desert sun.

    You see, treatment of migrant workers in Dubai gets worse. Much worse. Not only do they have to live in dreadful conditions, but the agreed-upon wages are almost never honoured. With the average construction worker receiving just $175 a month (compared to the per capita income of $2106 a month), and wages often being withheld for months on end to ensure the worker doesn’t ‘quit,’ the migrant worker quickly realises that it will be years before he can even pay off his mounting debts to the recruiters, never mind begin sending money home.

    This bonded labour, combined with living conditions described by the Human Rights Watch as being ‘less than humane,’ equates to a situation that can only be described as modern slavery in Dubai. Without money or passports, these foreign workers have no way of returning home to their families and are forced to continue working in dangerous conditions, often without proper safety equipment, in the 50 degree Celsius heat (122 degrees Fahrenheit).

    So then, if a holiday to Dubai involves staying in a hotel that is built by and staffed by slaves, why would anyone go?

    If this is the case, then a possible solution to this horrific practice would be to simply boycott Dubai and spread the word about the human rights abuses going on there to everyone you know. Thank you.

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  20. Yes, many poor people from India work in the construction sites in Dubai. At least UAE has not colonised them. Please let's talk about the number of countries that were colonised by UK.

  21. Such a boring contry. All people here are just robots. No emotions,.no joy. Just status driven society busy in a rat race. No corruption. Pathetic absolutely pathetic weather. Miss India so badly. Will never come back here again.

  22. Of course the West have a lot to hate on about the UAE. it's prosperous.. They have high standards of living and they have modern infrastructure and Technology. in order for them to keep the city running they need workers, far more than what they currently have so they take in workers from foreign countries that in those workers home countries they wouldn't even have a job to begin with and give them opportunities. But the west will always find a way to make them look bad. The west wish for them to be like Iraq and Afghanistan, that's the idea they're trying to create and sell to the werld. which is obviously far from the truth you guys are nothing but hypocrites. Take a look in your own country and solve your issues first before you try to criticize others.

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