The Top 20 Reasons Not to Move to Dubai (in no particular order!)

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Living in Dubai is not wonderful and glamorous, as many would have you believe.  Forget about what you’ve read, seen, and heard; those shiny buildings and manmade islands are all just smoke and mirrors.  There are so many things wrong with this place that I have decided to compile a list, a must read if you are considering a potential move to Dubai.

1. There is no standard address system making mail-to-the door delivery impossible.  In fact, it makes anything nearly impossible.  The taxi driver, here for only two days, and having learned English from old Beatles albums has no clue where your house is.  He won’t tell you that of course, he’ll just keep calling and saying, “Okay, okay.  Yeah, yeah.”  When you purchase something that requires delivery they do not have an address line, but a box where you are expected to draw a map.  Not able to draw a map?  Explain like this: I live on the street after the airport road, but before the roundabout.  Go past the mosque and make a U-turn.

2. The government blocks all web sites that it deems “offensive” to the “religious, moral, and cultural values” of the UAE.  That’s hard to swallow for a freedom loving American, but I get it.  I do not understand, however, why all VOIP access and related web sites are blocked.  I guess the government also takes offense to people inexpensively contacting their families back home.  You’re welcome to call using the analog service provided by the government-owned telephone monopoly, but it will cost you a whole lot more.  So much so, in fact, your frequency of calls will be greatly diminished if you can afford them at all.  The government says VOIP is blocked for security reasons, yet even the residents of communist China and North Korea have access to these inexpensive calls.

3. It is really hot outside.  Not Florida in July hot; Hot as if you were locked in a car in Florida in July with sufficient humidity to make it feel as though you are drowning.  Hot as in 120 degrees with nearly 100% humidity.  Do not look to the wind for relief.  This is the equivalent of pointing a hairdryer on full blast directly at your face.  Pour fine moon dust-like sand over your head as you do this and you get the picture.

4. There are too few trees, plants, and grass – or living things aside from us crazy humans, for that matter.  Ever see a bird pant?  I have.  In my opinion, human beings were not meant to live in such a place.  If we were, there would be sufficient water and shade.  The only greenery around are the roadside gardens planted by the government, who waters the hell out of them in the middle of the day.  Thanks a lot!  Didn’t you say we should cut down on our water consumption because you are unable to keep up with the demand?  I have an idea: let’s all move someplace where it’s not 120 degrees outside.

5. This country prides itself so much on its glitz and glamour that it put a picture of its 7-star hotel on the license plate. Yet, the public toilets in the king-of-bling Gold Souk district are holes in the ground with no toilet paper or soap.  Hoses to rinse your nether regions, however, are provided.  This results in a mass of water on the floor that you must stand in to pee.  Try squatting without touching anything and keeping your pants from touching anything either.  Oh yeah.  It’s 120 degrees in there too.

6. This country encourages businesses to hire people from other poor countries to come here and work.  They have them sign contracts that are a decade long and then take their passports.  Even though taking passports is supposedly illegal, the government knows it happens and does nothing to enforce the law. These poor people are promised a certain pay, but the companies neglect to tell them they will be deducting their cost of living from their paychecks, leaving them virtually penniless – that is, if they choose to pay them.  Companies hold back paychecks for months at a time.  When the workers strike as a result, they are jailed.  Protesting is illegal, you see (apparently this law IS enforced). These people will never make enough to buy a ticket home and even if they do, they do not have their passports.  They live crammed in portables with tons of others, in highly unsanitary conditions.  The kicker: they are building hotels that cost more to stay in for one night than they will make in an entire year.  Things are so bad that a number of laborers are willing to throw themselves in front of cars because their death would bring their family affluence in the form of diya, blood money paid to the victim’s family as mandated by the government.

7. Things are not cheaper here.  I’m sick of people saying that.  I read the letters to the editor page of the paper and people say to those who complain about the cost of living rising here, “Well, it’s cheaper than your home country or you wouldn’t be here.”    The only thing cheaper here is labor.  Yes, you can have a maid – but a bag of washed lettuce  will cost you almost $10.

8. There are traffic cameras everywhere.  I consider this cheating.  Where are the damn cops?  I drove around this city for weeks before I ever even saw a cop.  Trust me, they need traffic cops here.  People drive like idiots. It’s perfectly okay to turn left from the far right lane, but speeding even just a couple of kilometers over will get you fined.  These cameras are placed strategically as you come down hills, or just as the speed limit changes.  Before you know it…BAM!  Fined.  Forget to pay the bill and your car will be impounded..

9. The clothing some of these women wear makes no sense to me.  I understand that as part of your religion you are required to dress in a particular way, but a black robe over your jeans and turtleneck and cover your head when it is 120 degrees outside?  In the gym some women wear five layers of clothing…sweatpants and t-shits over sweaters with headscarves.  Yet the men’s clothing makes absolute sense: white, airy, and nothing underneath but their skivvies.

10. People stare at you.  I am sick of being stared at.  I’m stared at by men who have never seen a fair-skinned blue-eyed woman before, or who have and think we are all prostitutes so it’s okay to stare.  They stare at me when I am fully covered or with my husband, and even follow me around.  It’s beyond creepy and has brought me to tears on more than one occasion.  The staring is not limited to men, either.  I’m stared at angrily by female prostitutes who think I am running in on their territory by having a few drinks with my husband at the bar.

11. Prostitutes?  Oh hell yes, there are prostitutes.  Tons of them.  So, let me get this straight, I can’t look at a naked picture of a person on the Internet in the privacy of my home, but it is okay to go out in public and buy a few for the night?

12. Alcohol can only be sold in hotels and a handful of private clubs.  A person must own a liquor license to consume in the privacy of their own home.  To obtain a liquor license you must get signed approval from your boss, prove a certain level of salary that determines how much you are allowed to buy, and then submit several mug shots (aka passport photos) for approval.  Pay the fee and the additional 30% tax on every purchase and you may drink at home.  Then again, you can just pick up a few bottles in the airport duty free on your way in to the country, but two is the max.  Why not just drive out to Ajman where it’s a free-for-all and load up the SUV?  It’s easy enough, but crossing the Emirates with alcohol is illegal – particularly in the dry emirate of Sharjah, which just happens to lie between Dubai and Ajman.  Go figure.

13. Not only do you have to get your boss’s approval to obtain a liquor license, but you must also get the company’s approval to rent property, have a telephone, or get satellite TV.

14. Back to the craziness on the roads: If I see one more kid standing up and waving to me out the back window while flying down the road at 160 kph…whatever happened to seatbelts?

15. When is the weekend again?  Let me get this straight: the weekend used to be Thursday and Friday, but no one took off all of Thursday, just a half day really.  Now the government says Friday and Saturday are the weekend, but some people only take off Friday, others still take a half day on Thursday, but some might just take a half day on Saturday instead.  Anyway you slice it, Sundays are workdays and little business can be accomplished Thursday through Saturday.

16. There are few satellite television operators:.  The movie channels play movies that are old and outdated.  Many of them went straight to video back in the States.  Every sitcom that failed in the US has been purchased and is played here.  Old episodes of Knight Rider are advertised like it is the coolest thing since sliced bread.  The TV commercials are  repeated so often that I am determined NOT to buy anything I see advertised on television here just for thee principle of it.  When I say repeated often, I mean every commercial break – sometimes more than once.

17. The roads are horribly designed.  Driving ten minutes out of the way to make a U-turn is not uncommon.  People are not able to give directions most of the time (remember reason #1), and the maps are little help because most have few road names on them, if any.  Where is interchange four?  You just have to hope you got on the freeway in the right place and start counting because they are not numbered.  Miss it and you’ll likely end up on the other side of town before you are able to turn around and go back.

18. Taxi drivers are dangerous and smell. Taxi drivers work very hard here to earn a living because travel by taxi is still relatively inexpensive, even though the cost of living is not (see reason #7).  Because of this you may have a driver who has had little sleep or the opportunity to shower for several days.  Many of these drivers have just as much difficulty finding their way around as you do, but add to this a third-world country driving style and extreme exhaustion and, well, remember to buckle up for safety.

19. Speeding is an Emirati sport and Emirates Road is just an extension of the Dubai Autodrome.  I know I keep mentioning the roads, but really, much of this city’s issues are encompassed by the erratic and irrational behavior displayed on its streets.  Visions of flashing lights on even flashier, limo-tinted SUVs haunt me as I merge on to the highway.  Local nationals are somehow able to get the sun-protecting dark window tint denied to us lowly expats and use it to hide their faces as they tailgate you incessantly at unbelievably high speeds, their lights flickering on and off and horn blaring repeatedly.  It doesn’t matter that you can’t get over, or if doing so would be particularly dangerous, they will run you off the road to get in front of you.  Don’t even think about giving someone the finger; the offense could land you in jail.  Tailgating is, unbelievably, legal.

20. Dubai is far from environmentally friendly.  Ever wonder how much damage those manmade islands are doing to the delicate ocean ecosystem?  Coral reefs, sea grasses, and oyster beds that were once part of protected marine lands lie choked under a barrage of dredged up sea sand.  Consider the waste that occurs from erecting buildings on top of these sand monsters and from the people that occupy them coupled with the lack of an effective recycling program and you have an environmental disaster on your hands.  Add to this more gas guzzling SUVs than fuel-efficient cars on the road and the need for 24-hour powerful air-conditioning and its evident that the environment is not high on the priority list of the UAE.

So while I’m sure there are benefits to living in Dubai, tax breaks, multi-cultural environments, and beautiful buildings aside, reconsider your plans to move here if any of the above mentioned reasons strikes a chord within you.  Dubai is a city caught in an identity crisis.  Struggling somewhere between its desire to be a playground for the rich and its adherence to traditional Islamic roots, rests a city that lacks sufficient infrastructure to support its delusions of grandeur.  Visit if you must, but leave quickly before you are sucked into its calamitous void.

I haven’t been to Dubai EVER 🙁

454 thoughts on “The Top 20 Reasons Not to Move to Dubai (in no particular order!)

  • May 20, 2015 at 9:24 pm
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    The person who wrote this blog is sick…utter sick..blogs are not places to vent out shit….see the language…third world fourth world…..racist stupid…this blog is like the person who wrote it..what to say more..well I have seen public toilets in U.S not cleaned for weeks if not months….do you know the crime statistics of U.S ? you may be a 4th standard dropout….thats your level atleast…..if you had some knowledge you would have done some real comparison …..atleast some fact finding……and America the whole world is impressed about you lol….see ure movies….does a single one emphasis on human relations and values ? All aliens…superman..spiderman…it is as unrealistic as you…btw the way you described I can figureout how u look…

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  • May 19, 2015 at 7:41 pm
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    This is stupid, biased and culturally insensitive, in other words the rambling of a racist.

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  • May 17, 2015 at 8:50 pm
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    I didn’t even want to finish the article because I personally believe that you are being VERY negative. I have never been to Dubai so I cannot say for sure, but is there truly nothing positive about the city? NOTHING? I mean, based on what my relatives there said, people are super nice, the food is fantastic, and the schools are great! Sorry to say, but this article is crappy.

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  • May 6, 2015 at 7:12 am
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    Well said amal……..best reply without emotion n anger

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  • May 1, 2015 at 8:58 pm
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    Let me just begin with a lovely quote i mutter from time to time; “FUCK EVERYONE IN THE MIDDLE EAST” ; I HOPE WE BOMB THE SHIT OUT OF YOU until you become the sand from which you came. I am very much open to all races and ideas, I definitely do not discriminate as my GF is from IRAN and I am the Blue eyed devil you wish you were. We are shocked at how pathetic your cultures, religion, terrible taste in clothing and stupid flashy cars etc. . . are. You are a joke, even on our sitcoms. The way you treat women just shows signs of your terrible insecurities. You males all look the same and are all perverted creepy fucks, and I have yet to spot a decent looking “gentleman”. Yet your beautiful women you cover up because of your unscrupulous shameful society. Please stop pumping out more miserable brainwashed children that we are ashamed of and throw away your useless religious texts. myself with billions of other know you are too ignorant to change and move forward, you are stuck in the 12th century. Some think there is HELL after death but I feel as if we are already there every time i have to read about any shit you morons are apart of. Don’t wait for me to say i told you so, when I see you douchebags in hell.
    sincerely

    Everyfuckingwhiteguy

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    • May 19, 2015 at 4:42 pm
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      What kind of bug crawled up your ass? Please do not say you speak for “Everyfuckingwhiteguy” because we are not all as stupid, bigoted, small minded, uneducated, and uncultured as you are, some of us have lived abroad, and are able to appreciate the world we live in today, and appreciate the people who represent the future of the world. You claim to be open minded, with your Iranian girlfriend, but you hate the region she came from, how proud she must be. A small precision, the United States is no more advanced (culturally) than the Middle East, and you Sir, are the living, breathing, proof of that. The Middle East certainly has it’s flaws, although the United States does too. Your racist, and bigoted opinions do not set you appart from slave drivers in the 18th century. The fact that you think that people in the Middle East would want to be a “blue eyed devil like [you]” is surely news to them, and the rest of the world, since they have shown signs of attempting to improve, while you remain stuck in the centuries past, bitter about seeing other people move on in life, while the US stagnates. Also, your statement “I definitely do not discriminate” is one of the most useless things I have ever seen, since you hope that everyone in the Middle East gets killed by American bombs… Furthermore, the way CERTAIN white people treat black people in the United States is no different, if not worse, than the way CERTAIN Arabs treat their women. And lastly, the Middle East is moving forward, changing, and evolving, while you Sir, are stuck in some past century, lamenting the rise of other nations, religions, and people. I truly feel sorry for you, and I hope you grow up, open your eyes, and realise what kind of a world you live in.

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    • May 19, 2015 at 5:50 pm
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      wtf get your head out of your ass.. you arent “very much open to all races” obviously
      stop stereotyping middle eastern people
      also wtf “i hope we bomb the shit out of you” ummmm you do know that there are thousands of Americans living in the middle east right?
      stop being so ignorant

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  • April 30, 2015 at 7:57 am
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    I love UAE. It’s a beautiful country to live in. You seem to be an ignored or failed blonde who came to this country with a lot of dreams in your eyes and mind but then you couldn’t get anything out of it due to your incompetency and now you started crying like a baby!!! I’ve been living here since almost 10 years and I love being here. Keep on burning in your own fire, do not bring it to us please!!!!

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  • April 30, 2015 at 3:38 am
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    Been to Dubai! All true! Can’t find a damn address, laborers from third world countries are treated horribly, all that flash and bling but nothing cultured or soulful about it. Also I was never so scared when a man followed me from my hotel lobby where my husband was waiting so i could get something from my hotel room. I lost the stalker by getting off on the wrong floor with other people and follow others back down in the elevator back to the lobby to my husband. My husband wanted to open a company in UAE, but decided against it after he saw how the poor immigrant engineers were treated there. One of them still begs him to start a company in dubai. I sure as hell wouldn’t want to visit there. Once was enough. Most of the people going on about Dubai have never been elsewhere. Places where there are great museums, galleries, universities, lectures, arts, theatre, orchestras, opera houses, ballet companies……by comparison Dubai is all shiny on the outside and hollow on the inside. Its like a poor cousin who came into a lot of money suddenly and doesn’t know what to do with it. You can’t even show affection there. Oh, and customer service sucks big time. Also, wasn’t much impressed with their workd dining.

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  • April 15, 2015 at 9:47 am
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    The prophet of islam said : the day ‘d be parted in 3 times : one to work ,one for leisure, activiy, prayer ,ect and one to rest.

    Arabs of Dubai followed the path of protestats , wich followed the pah of jews.
    Work time become the main time of their daily life. This create a unbalance and shitan now is playing with them.

    May Allah guide you before it destroy your city. And truly the day of his chatisment is near.

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  • March 19, 2015 at 8:23 am
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    muslims treat girls like slaves and loves to rape a non muslim girl.. is this even a religion? this absolute brainwashing.. muslims better fuck their kind.. not girls but all guys..

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    • May 19, 2015 at 2:01 pm
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      First of all, I think your username is one of the most offensive things I have ever seen on the internet, not only is it insulting a whole religion, it is also stereotyping them all. Not all muslims are the same as the one idiot you’ve met. I’m muslim and proud and I have never one heard of a muslim not treating girls right. Secondly, you have absolutely no right to comment publicly about this big of a religion because you may not know this, but us Emiratis tend to have a bit of temper. And a lot of connections. And a lot of money. So if there’s something bothering you, keep your mouth shut, otherwise bad things will start happening to you.

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      • May 19, 2015 at 4:47 pm
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        Well said Tatiana! When you compare Islam to all the other principal religions, you cannot accuse them of being more cruel than anyone else. They are the punching bag of the moment, but the crusades were no better than what religious extremists are doing right now across the Arabian Peninsula. And to the person who has an incredibly offensive username, if you had ever left the comfort of your home, you would know that the world is very different than the stereotypes you seem to live by.

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        • May 20, 2015 at 6:15 pm
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          Dear Julien,

          Thanks for instilling some sense into people. I’m impressed by your knowledge and education and wish people thought more like you. I’m a Muslim as well and if it makes any difference from Pakistan. Bottom of the food chain as people see it. When I read or hear such comments, I don’t get angry instead I feel sorry for how ignorant people can be.

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  • March 14, 2015 at 11:16 am
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    the writer only counting the faults here….

    my dear every system and community have some faults but its dose’t mean that u can not stay there…

    currently i am in Abu Dhabi and i like this life really i love UAE…

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  • March 11, 2015 at 6:47 pm
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    My married life was good until my husband started travelling to dubai on business. that is when his tryst with hookers began. I was completely unaware of things until I started showing symptoms of STDs. with 2 small children and having been a homemaker all along and therefore dependent on my husband economically, my life today is in complete shambles. I have nothing but CURSES for DUBAI!! May this place, that has ruined my peace and the well being of my children see RUIN!! May the city be destroyed by the arrogance of it’s rulers who cannot fathom the unimaginable pain and havoc it has created in the lives of countless women like me!! MAY DUBAI BE RUINED FOREVER!!!

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    • April 11, 2015 at 8:11 pm
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      well im from dubai and you guys have hookers that have STD’s this is 2015 there’s hookers everywhere now .. and this is your husband’s fult for hooking up with hoes not dubai and for your information prostituting is iligel here in dubai so you husbend was the one looking for them it wasent dubai who gave it to him

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    • May 19, 2015 at 4:51 pm
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      You cannot blame your husband’s poor choices on a city. And as Ahmad rightly pointed out, prostitution is illegal in the UAE, so he had to go looking for them, which means that wherever he travelled, he would have sought out prostitutes.

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  • March 11, 2015 at 8:51 am
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    Living in the USA from paycheck to paycheck and eating fast food is not my cup of tea. DUBAI ROCKS! It is expensive if you and your husband had shitty jobs. Shame on you both considering as you so put it white people get paid higher!!!!!!!

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    • March 14, 2015 at 11:17 am
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      AGREE DEAR DIDI 🙂

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  • March 7, 2015 at 11:59 am
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    True, and much more, its simply a fake illusion, a commercial company mannaged by fear, I was born and raised there and I never felt alive untill I left it.
    Dont go there unless you are a person who would sacrefice everything for money, because thats what the country is all about.

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  • March 3, 2015 at 6:10 am
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    well no one invited you to live in our country get the fuck out bitch

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  • February 11, 2015 at 1:27 pm
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    Well guys, the ones who criticize dubai, know something”better”, the ones who criticize those who criticize dubai do not probably know something better. The article is sarcasmly right, though I came back to dubai because i still like it. lol

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  • February 5, 2015 at 10:39 am
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    People who are farmers, carpenters, cobblers etc in western countries live in Dubai like a king and abuse the country.

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  • February 2, 2015 at 12:12 pm
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    What the Stupid article, This Person look like She is Fully Drunk for the majority of people specially Asians and indians it is a paradise.

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  • January 26, 2015 at 1:58 am
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    I was considering a job opportunity in Dubai but now IF I take it, I will declare myself stupid for moving from Hawaii to Dubai! NO WAY I’m giving up my freedom of holding hands or letting other people dictate my life style.

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    • May 19, 2015 at 4:55 pm
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      I hope you are not going to base a major life decision like moving to a new city on an unreliable, mostly false, biased, and crappy article you found on the internet written by some embittered woman who has nothing better to do than insult a city she does not really know, you are in for a boring life. I hope that you reconsider, since Dubai is a fantastic place to live, and the best way to create change is to participate in it. Is it really that hard to refrain from holding hands in public? I think not.

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  • January 22, 2015 at 4:02 pm
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    Can I ve a friend that is a citizen of dubia here or anyone that has visited am ordeady concluded plans to be there pls here is my Emall adrs [email protected] Come thank

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  • January 14, 2015 at 12:03 pm
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    Oh, dear… One thing is having your own opinions and another thing is being negative ad bitter. Dubai is not perfect but has a huge amount of positive things that you obviously can’t see. I feel sorry for your negative outlook and hope some day you manage to see all the positive things that every place can offer. Good luck!
    And sorry to point at this but… are you sure all men were staring at you??!! Dubai is packed with very good looking blond blue eyed and fair skinned girls. You might be such a stunner that nobody can’t take their eyes off you! LOL

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  • January 11, 2015 at 5:31 pm
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    Dude all ur reasons are fucked up dubai is the best place to be in the world I think the real fucked up place is the U.S filled al the fat white people who only eat at K.F.C OR McDonald’s and drink beer 10 times a day and have sex 6 times a day have some shame and as for the religion it’s not weird it’s actually better than urs so put a sock in it all ur reasons are fake

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  • December 30, 2014 at 3:33 pm
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    Wow..such haters!
    Oh wait you said you are a girl, right? Nvm then.

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  • December 17, 2014 at 1:29 am
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    Ha! You’ve put into right words the thoughts I have in mind. This is all true. Not all place is perfect even my own country. I respect their culture and traditions but there are some things here that doesn’t makes sense to me. The environment is not even family friendly. Expats can work here for so long, even their whole life, but cannot obtain citizenship applications and privileges..unlike to some open countries. Another thing, whether we like it or not, your salary pay depends on your nationality or race no matter what your job title and position is. There are two secretaries in one company. One is European, the other is Filipina. They both have the same job position and workloads ( or most often not) but when asked about their salaries, The Filipina receives 3000 Dirhams monthly while the European receives 15,000 dirham’s a month. Go figure. I can enumerate more instances but I think the blog above has stated enough. While there are some good things Dubai has to offer but its pros are outweighed by its cons. Such a boring country with full of contradictions.

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  • December 11, 2014 at 2:07 pm
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    1. Adress has always worked for me and I often get things delivered to my house without problems.
    2. Well it is in fact prohibited by the culture. You can’t except everyone to do what you want to if you live in a country with a different culture. And with a little knowledge, everything is hackable on the internet.
    3. It’s Dubai, what did you except ? That’s why there is air conditioning everywhere.
    4. Then don’t come to Dubai.
    5. It is glitz and glamorous and normal toilets are everywhere.
    6. They come here willingly and make a better living here than in their original country, ask them.
    7. Well it is Dubai.
    8. Don’t break the law and whine afterwards. Police is absolutely everywhere today. They already give a 20km/h above the limit before being flashed, so read more instead of talking.
    9. Learn to respect the culture or don’t come here.
    10. Since when is it illegal to look at ? In some countries, those men would grab you and slap your ass. They are pretty respectful here. And if you are stared at for being a prostitute, you should start asking questions about how you dress and look. People judge on that after all. If you get out with boobs out and ass out in a country that learned to respect the woman’s body instead of showing everything, you will be confused for one.
    11. Like every country.
    12. It is a muslim country after all.
    13. You are only here because you work after all.
    14. Mind your own business.
    15. Is it that complicated to get used to ? Seriously ? “omg weekend is not on the same day” ?
    16. Buy the other channels.
    18. Luckily, the town is pretty small.
    19. Well we do have money, we got to show it. And some people here value privacy.
    20. Again, if you love the environment, why would you even come here ?

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    • December 17, 2014 at 4:33 am
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      I didn’t really read all of what you said because you obviously don’t know what your talking about and its late. Let me tell you something about Dubai police. Did you know 2 Dubai police were hung in Dubai in 1989. Bet you didnt know that. I was there. For what for rape along with an Omani. Hung by the old mosque near Al Rashid road. There are problems with any country. I lived there 14 years. So yes instead of the police chasing woman, maybe they should do their job. I know, I was chased, until I raised my daughter who was a baby at the time so they’d leave me alone. So just swallow your pride cause you don’t fool me. To deny is just arrogance! Many many stories.

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    • February 24, 2015 at 9:01 am
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      Well Said Amal. People who are following stupid culture thinks that is the heaven… But Dubai is absolutely better. Noone will peep in to your privacy and freedom. No White-black discrimination. All considered equal. I can read a jealousy in her words because whites are not stepped up or given additional preference here like other countries does.

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    • May 14, 2015 at 4:06 pm
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      They want to come & earn to make their lives better cuase they can’t in their own countries or toilets. But nothing in this is perfecct so they find out bad events and brag about them to dirty the name of Dubai. Why do you even come here in first place live in your gutter and earn there if you are so jealous of a Muslim country being praised for a change. (it’s only being targeted cuz its a muslim state) They only hate it cuz of that…Most of the things they try to mention were about abt ‘you know cuz its a Muslim state thats why police officer rape women” ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND! were you living under rock or something. What abt your own country where women are raped on roads in open and nobody cares. Politicians are involved in rape cases and so are police and marine officer who offer their wives to higher ranking officers to higher their ranks.May be you don’t know but these are FACTS.

      STOP hating everything related to Muslims cuz they ruled on you for a 1000 years & yet your religion survived. If they would have done exactly what they are accused of not a single person in India would be hindu COMMON SENSE!

      I’m usually polite but sometimes enough is enough SO SHUT THE HELL UP YOU MONKEY WORSHIPPER ASHOLES

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    • May 19, 2015 at 4:59 pm
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      Well said!

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  • December 9, 2014 at 11:24 am
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    I don’t know hey, I have been here 6 months now and am a 21 year old sad sad girl as i cannot seem to find genuine friends or good people to be surrounded by. everybody i have met just wanna drink, go shopping, shisha, take selfies and instagram their lives all the time. so bored here man but i don’t blame the city i blame the shitty people

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    • January 4, 2015 at 8:20 am
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      Same shit with me ive lived here for 21 years but no genuine ppl

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    • February 3, 2015 at 8:40 am
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      hahaha well saiddd

      verybody i have met just wanna drink, go shopping, shisha, take selfies and instagram their lives all the time. so bored here man but i don’t blame the city i blame the shitty people

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    • May 19, 2015 at 5:01 pm
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      Obviously you have not explored the city enough, and have not met the right group of friends yet. Not everyone wants to do the things you list (although many do). You just have to find the things you like.

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  • November 24, 2014 at 7:23 pm
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    I live in Dubai now, and OMFG the city is a piece of crap. I will leave this desert hopefully soon and never ever come again to any middle easterian city.
    Before coming to Dubai, I thought people say shit about it because of jealousy, but now I know the truth. Any European, US, Canadian or some Asian cities are much much better.

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  • November 23, 2014 at 2:03 am
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    Everything is true. I lived there for five years and also known some Emirati locals, women and men. The worst thing is if you criticize their country they will first try to defend it or freak out directly. The men are fucking everything and enjoy life while their sisters have to stay at home and stay virgins. Most hypocrated city ever

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  • November 7, 2014 at 3:30 pm
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    THANKS FOR THE WARNING! We will never go! We already never cared for that place just because of their strange laws and religion. Now we are armed with more reasons!

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    • May 19, 2015 at 5:04 pm
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      This is not a warning, most of the points made above are false, based on nothing, and should not influence you into not visiting a major part of the world. And just because they are different, you “do not care for them”!? How shallow…

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  • October 16, 2014 at 9:41 am
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    SOOOO true, especially the bit about the driving. Such a frustrating place to live and its getting worse by the day. BYE BYE DU BAI

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  • September 22, 2014 at 1:31 am
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    Well, Dubai is voted the safest city with more than 200 nationalities whereas the us comes in second place

    as for the blocked sites just download hotspot shield

    mail – they just call you and they deliver it to you and you can have a po box which is easier its a mailbox

    taxis RENT A CAR

    directions – Google maps

    7 – i agree

    8- whats wrong with technology and try calling a cop he’ll be there in a sec

    people stare at you? for your info people here travels every summer to Europe so seeing a blue eyes girl is something less than interesting for us. and do you think we have no one that looks like that here? and girls here are BEAUTIFUL if you haven’t noticed.

    12 – Respect are culture just like we respect yours, Whats wrong with that?

    13- not true

    14- well if it isn’t your child, its not your concern

    15 – va cays are endless here

    most importantly number 6

    i said it before and ill say it again. they come by their choice and theirs alone.

    week ends are friday saturday, how many days in the week is your weekend again?

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    • November 11, 2014 at 9:13 pm
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      I second you H. You are right. I am Canadian expat who lived 9 years in the US. Security level is disastrous there (Va), people carrying weapons, killing at schools, …. talking about culture, I still do not understand how it is acceptable to see someone having his feet on the desk in respectful companies…. In all cases, UAE and the Gulf in general is a place for making money. Period! Looking at the bright side will be more beneficial for the readers. It is a plus to be able to drink alcohol, living in a great tower, wearing the way you want, having a very high level of security, women rights, and much more! Dubai night life has nothing to envy Ibiza or St Tropez! Can you imagine having your contract in KSA, Sudan, Nigeria, Koweit, Afghanistan,…
      (I do agree though that the customer service is way behind the acceptable level)…
      So, if you have a good contract in UAE it is really worth moving there!

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    • December 17, 2014 at 5:00 am
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      This must be the same person Amal or H. You seem to have the same dialogue. Since when have you respected our culture? I respected yours! I was there, had four children there. Not talking about beauty as far as staring goes. Thats just a fact, Thats the way it is there. I wore hijjab, covered all that stuff and still got stared at, so it makes no difference. Thats great you think you have beautiful women! Were not taking about beauty, We’re talking about staring. Most of Dubai has more Hindi than your own nationals. You want me to go on! And a lot originally from Iran but later got the Emirates passport. So its just the people how they are, that’s what they do there. Stare! LOL. Yes! So maybe we should have respect. And it doesn’t matter if you cover or not they just stare to stare! Your making this as an issue with foreigners. Everybody had problems with that and I had friends from there in the UAE and men hit on them, my friends all wore hijjab and had husbands. But oh I forgot yeah we can report you guys right?! AND YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU REPORT A MAN DOING THIS TO A MARRIED WOMAN IN DUBAI! THEY GO TO JAIL! SO CAREFUL BUDDY, YOU COULD BE THERE TOMORROW AND SEE HOW MUCH HAVE TO SAY IN HOT JAIL IN DUBAI

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  • September 11, 2014 at 9:19 pm
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    Money is not everything people believe me and trust me i know everything of this world using my heart not my brian Money doesn’t buy happiness i’m telling this straightly to Rich People but its buy angerness sadness depression and show off at the poor people and weak people The fucking devil wants us to deceive us with his whispering shit inside the ears to the brains i’m not saying money is useless and worthless no but it cannot buy everything and build everything because its just a piece of fucking paper printed in the factory same as the gold so god have mercy on this world and forgive it because it don’t know what its doing read the bible on google by search bible on money or search it from the bible itself and u will know what i’m talking about Amen god bless u all of u use ur heart people and eyes not ur brains always and thank u

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  • September 11, 2014 at 8:50 pm
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    AND THAT PICTURE THAT U SEE IT BY THE WAY ON THE WEBSITE IS FAKE TOTALLY FAKE AS SHIT THEY DIDN’T EVEN DIGGED THE SAND TO START BUILDING IT BECAUSE THAT’S PHOTOFUCKINGSHOP AND THEY LAUGH AT THE WORLD FOR THE FUCKING SHIT MONEY AND BUSINESS SPIT ON THIS SHIT SO FREAKING HARD AND THEY SAID THEY WANTED TO BUILD DISNEYLAND WHERE IS IT?!? IN HELL OR UNDER THE DESSERT OR IN PARIS AND AMERICA ONLY ITS EXISTS AHH TELL ME THE FUCKING TRUTH!!!!!!!!!

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  • September 11, 2014 at 8:47 pm
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    yeah me i will just go what god tells me or guide me to do that’s the best solution

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  • September 6, 2014 at 7:54 pm
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    That really made no sense at all. I mean at all. Why dont people like you read the history of UAE and know what it was and where has it reached? Tell me where would you find a more inspiring leader who taught the country to dream and make it happen? UAE has the best roads in the world and has been ranked No. 1 recently by WEF. The country’s women wear the black dress (Abaya) not only of the religous matters, also it is a dress which would cover your whole body for those who do not want to expose their 98% to the public. And I really lost my respect for this article when you notified that you hardly saw any patrolling police cars. A country of peafe, love, culture, traditions, prosperity, brotherhood,festivals and a caring livelihood.

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    • September 11, 2014 at 8:58 pm
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      I KNOW BUT BEYOND ALL THAT ITS BORING Sharzad U DON’T KNOW THE FUTURE DEEPLY ME ALSO I DON’T KNOW AND NOBODY ELSE ON THIS WORLD KNOWS THE FUTURE ONLY ALMIGHTY GOD DESSERT KILLS PEOPLE BY DEPRESSION BECAUSE OF LACK OF WORKING AND LACK OF WORKING CAUSES FROM LACK OF DRINKING WATER WE COULD DIE TOMMROW TODAY AFTER TMRW AFTER A YEAR AFTER A DECADE AND NO U HAVE TO TAKE MEDICINES IF U BECOME SICK AND IF THESE MEDICINES DIDN’T WORKED U HAVE TO GO TO THE DOCTOR OR HOSPITAL AND SOME PEOPLE THEY DIED BECAUSE OF THE HEAT IN THIS COUNTRY I DON’T KNOW WHO THEY ARE BUT I FEEL LIKE THIS OPEN UR HEART AND UR MIND AND UR EYES ENOUGH SLEEPING AND TELLING TO URSELF AND TO PEOPLE DON’T WORRY IT WILL BE FINE ALSO AIR CONDITION KILLS NOT ONLY HUMIDITY RESEARCH IT ON GOOGLE AND U WILL KNOW WHAT I’M TAKING ABOUT

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    • September 11, 2014 at 9:05 pm
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      THERE IS NO PLACE TO PARK AND TRAFFIC IS ON 48/48 HOURS BECAUSE OF THE FREAKING HUGE AMOUNTS OF CAR SEA OF CARS PEOPLE DON’T SLEEP EARLY TILL 11 PM WHAT KIND OF COUNTRY IS THIS?! EVEN AT HOLIDAYS FREE TIME NO SCHOOL NO BULLSHIT TRAFFIC ALWAYS EXISTS AND EVEN IF THEY MADE TRILLIONS OF BRIDGES HIGHWAYS AND ROADS FUCKING TRAFFIC WILL ALWAYS EXISTS WHY WHYYYYYYYYYY WHY THE ANGER AND THE TORMENTNESS OF THE SOUL AND SPIRIT AND DO U KNOW THAT THE NORTH POLE IS FULLY MELTED FROM THE FUCKING GLOBAL WARMING AND BELIEVE NOBODY CAN ANSWER THIS QUESTION EXCEPT GOD BECAUSE THIS WORLD HAD BEEN SLEEPING SINCE GOD CREATED IT SINCE ADAM TIMES AND IT WILL ALWAYS REMAIN LIKE THIS AND IF U WANT TO PARK IN A FREE NO FUCKING CARS AREA U HAVE TO PAY 100 FUCKING DIRHAMS FOR EVERY FUCKING 2 HOURS WTFH SERIOUSLY?!?

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    • September 11, 2014 at 9:07 pm
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      EVEN THE TRAFFIC IN BRAZIL IS BETTER THAN DUBAI THE TIRES NEVER GET EVEN FLIPPED FROM ITS POSITION SHAME ON THIS WORLD I WANNA GO TO HELL AFTER I DIE IF I WILL NOT TRAVEL OR LEAVE THIS BORING COUNTRY AND I’M NOT SCARED FROM ANYBODY EXCEPT MY PARENTS AND GOD IF U AGREE WITH ME UR WELCOME IF U DON’T GOD FORGIVE U AMEN THANK U FOR LISTENING ME BYE BYE

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      • December 17, 2014 at 5:14 am
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        I was there a very long time. Traffic, ah yeah! The cars were speeding by so fast that an driver his one of the workers on the road. Municipality road workers on Sheik Zayad, well it was terrible the body was in half. I can’t believe they would have them poor people out there cleaning the these fast paced roads. It was awful I’ll never forget.

        And safe, no I was a victim just walking in my villa when a man with a stocking over his face tried to put a rope on my neck, I wouldn’t let the rope tightened, and I got away and the jerk had the nerve to ring our bell which of course showed a pic, but you really couldnt even tell who it was. An the police rang the bell to the gates too. So if anything happens and your in your own villa, the killer could get a second chance cause you don’t know who is at the door. Safe, heck no. My villa was broken into twice and when they didn’t get anything from us they jumped into the other villas.

        They just don’t report crimes. I already know. Totally hidden all the facts.

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  • August 28, 2014 at 8:13 am
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    This is a fairly standard American responser to Dubai. There are few more insular nations than the US, which is ironic, as it’s not an island. The number of factual inaccuracies is fairly astonishing, too.

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  • August 28, 2014 at 6:13 am
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    Dubai is the best country to live in the WORLD!!!

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    • September 11, 2014 at 8:52 pm
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      IN UR DREAMS!!!!!!!!

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      • November 17, 2014 at 3:11 pm
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        Don’t you dare speak bullshit about my country got it

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    • September 11, 2014 at 8:53 pm
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      oNLY

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  • July 28, 2014 at 4:36 am
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    ‘havent been to dubai ever’ you’re actually stupid lol so how do you know anything about Dubai when you haven’t even been there. sorry to say you’re stupid, but it’s true.
    Dubai is the best place to be. all positives from my perspective.

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  • May 25, 2014 at 5:58 am
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    You are just a Bitch fuck you.
    UAE is the best country

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  • March 8, 2014 at 5:08 am
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    Very True article !!! must consider before moving to country like this? Here we cannot believe and cheating in many ways

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    • November 20, 2014 at 12:45 am
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      I definitely agree with you as it is proven and. Tested.specially #10.even if your with boyfriend or husband,holding hands while walking they will definetly stare at you.its very fucking annoying!

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      • January 13, 2015 at 6:46 am
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        Well, we would stare because its considered RUDE to show affection in PUBLIC! And it is absurd! People will look at you for daring to insult their values! Because this is unusual to happen, intimacy should be behind closed doors! Thank you very much!

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  • February 24, 2014 at 10:55 am
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    Great article thank you

    My comments on the comments – awesome hahahha

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    • May 19, 2015 at 5:07 pm
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      This is most certainly not a great article. Read some real facts before reading this junk…

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  • February 6, 2014 at 12:11 pm
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    I think you really must travel around the world a little more to list the above as the problems which makes a city unlivable.

    -people are happy here.
    -the reason laborers are willing to live without their passports and at the mercy of their sponsors is cause they have a fair shot of a life in comparison to begging on the streets and being forced into a gang back in their home country.
    -being stared at, you might be standing out. There are way too many expats for a blonde, fair skin or blue eyes being an attribute to :o!!!
    -Also, the fake trees etc.. read a little about the history of Dubai. It was nothing but SAND and not very long ago. To make it livable, this is their conclusion.
    -Crime rate and safety is not a concern for the most part if you have a little bit of common sense. Most other countries require more than just that.
    -I feel sad that you went to clubs and bars and were mistaken as a prostitute. We all know those places, and we all know the caliber and that is oh well, just such a pity you were mistaken for one.
    -At least we got marijuana and crime scene sorted. There are busts that take place to minimize prostitution.
    -women are safe.
    -there is a helpline number if you are walking on the street or driving and are being minutely harassed.
    -There are way too many police cars patrolling. I have no idea how you could miss those.
    -I have lived in Dubai for 25 years now, and every little point you picked on has been worked on with dedication and the difference is visible.
    -Also, i am glad you no longer belong here, don’t think we need more of you in Dubai.

    Hope you’re happy and can come up with a few less negative about the place you currently reside in. 20 some points are easy to pick for even places you really love. Just saying.

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    • June 3, 2014 at 3:37 pm
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      Well said.. The 20 reasons above are from a very bitter person who most likely bolted when the recession hit Dubai leaving a ‘car’ load of debt at the airport! good riddance!

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  • January 16, 2014 at 8:05 am
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    Dubai is not safe that’s for sure. Its all superficial. World’s worst sin human trafficking happens here. workers are treated as slaves like animal. They are harassed and mentally tortured. Passports are held and you are not allowed to leave. Recent story, newly wed couple went for honeymoon from India and met one Shaikh while touring. They exchanged their numbers. after two days shaikh invited this couple for party. Poor couple, they went to attend party. Shaikh told the husband wife not allowed to sit together, so husband sent his newly wedded wife to other room thinking that all women would be there. After few hrs, husband told they would like to leave and requested to call his wife. Shaikh showed his true color. Shaikh said there is no wife in his house. You can leave now or I will beat you and throw you away. Poor guy, newly wedded husband still looking for his wife. His wife missing since then. Government not helping out. Woman are not safe here. they are treated as sex object. I request not to visit Dubai Ever.

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    • May 20, 2014 at 10:25 pm
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      Can you send me a link of the following news? I heard this from somewhere else too.

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  • October 28, 2013 at 12:40 pm
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    silly americans! bet they still sleeps in their bunkers shitting in their pants thinking about laden! get a life ‘ghountrymen’!

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  • October 28, 2013 at 12:37 pm
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    silly americans! wonder when these shit scared ppl (bet most of’em still sleeps in bunkers shitting in their pants thinking of laden) will get a real life!

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  • October 27, 2013 at 8:30 pm
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    Why would anyone want to move is a damn muslim country anyway…

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    • January 15, 2014 at 2:27 pm
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      ….this “damned muslim country” is one that has accomplished so much before you could even finish your sentence. There is no need to take it out on the religion, I may find your country ridiculously terrible to live in but that’s for me to keep and you to never know. Have some respect as no one is perfect AND no one gives a shit what you think….

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    • September 11, 2014 at 9:10 pm
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      For collecting Money invest and do some business with exterior countries and to make the Rich Richer and the Poor Poorer Only no more no less

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    • January 11, 2015 at 5:38 pm
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      Why does every fucking white person hate Islam if ur religion was good you would have followed and not become racist beer drinking people who have too much sex

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  • October 25, 2013 at 2:08 am
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    Honestly … My friend no place in this world is Useless …if you believe in God then you must know he made nothing futile .. People are living here way back when America was even discovered and i know your right to some extent but not all what you said is true

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    • September 11, 2014 at 9:12 pm
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      Ur Right!

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  • October 20, 2013 at 8:08 pm
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    IFY, most rapes + crimes and traffic comes with the different culture that mostly VISITORS such like you come to live in DUBAI. yes Dubai is a haven on earth to live in PS we don’t have taxes . and if you hated so much keep your dirty thought for your self and keep yourself out of our ” best paradise” 🙂 peas sucker!!

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    • November 4, 2013 at 9:11 am
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      man she is right it happens in dubai.. i live here and almost wht ever she said it happens in dubai admit this.. i live in dubai n i love it bc is muslim country but it has flaws as well.. not all tht she says is true but 80 percent is truth

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