14 November, 2006

Remember DP World?

It's time again for Dubai on center stage, Round 2. Dubai will be featured on the US ABC networks 20/20 program:
In an exclusive 20/20 story to air this Friday, Nov. 17, the ABC News investigative team went inside Dubai to learn how the emirate has grown so far so fast.
No doubt the Human Rights Watch report on the question of exploitation of laborers will come up. Read more about that issue at In Support of UAE Laborers.

5 comments:

FreshDubai said...

I guess all this publicity in the States will only prove to be good for Dubai in the long term. After all, any publicity is good publicity... right? Thanks for the news.

ColOman said...

The only reason America and the Europe is where they are today is because of slavery and exploiting other countries through colonialism or wars similar to Iraq.

I am not saying the exploitation of laborers is right and something should be done to improve their lives but we have an Arabic saying ‘if your house is made out of glass, don’t throw people with rocks’

BD said...

It's an English saying too, "People who live in glass houses, shouldn't throw stones." True enough, but Dubai is saying to the world Look at me... come and shop, invest and live here. So, such attention to its problems is warranted.

Anonymous said...

So we won't see the UAE complaining about the Israelis any more then? ;-)

But on a serious note. Because something that was wrong happened a long long time ago, it does not mean it is should be used as a precedent.

Otherwise we will all find ourselves dropping nuclear bombs to end wars.

The UAE has attracted this attention, and as a result of the bad publicity, it is doing something about it. This is a good thing, not a bad thing.

And anything that gets the word 'Dubai' out there is only going to be good in the long run.

Ally said...

Hey BD, that was a very sensible comment you left on ABC's 20/20 site....very true.

Hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil.....and you are A-OK in the UAE, eh?

I am at present in North America and will watch the 20/20 show tomorrow night.

The Human Rights Watch report was damning in itself....for a major network like ABC to pick up on it and show an investigative report on prime-time TV is worse. This is going to be really bad publicity for Dubai in North America.

If the other networks (CNN, FOX, CBS & NBC) also do similar reports, it will be disastrous for Dubai.

On the other hand, it is only this kind of publicity that will propel Western governments to take a long, hard look at workers conditions in the UAE and perhaps insist on improvements.

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