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The Dark Side Of Life In DXB

Sun Nov 27, 2005 12:03 pm

Interesting yet disturbing article:

http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=5807

Here's an excerpt:
South Asian contract laborers, legally bound to a single employer and subject to totalitarian social controls, make up the great mass of the population. Dubai lifestyles are attended by vast numbers of Filipina, Sri Lankan, and Indian maids, while the building boom is carried on the shoulders of an army of poorly paid Pakistanis and Indians working twelve-hour shifts, six and half days a week, in the blast-furnace desert heat ... Indeed, as the British Independent recently emphasized in an exposé on Dubai, "The labour market closely resembles the old indentured labour system brought to Dubai by its former colonial master, the British." ... "Like their impoverished forefathers," the paper continued, "today's Asian workers are forced to sign themselves into virtual slavery for years when they arrive in the United Arab Emirates. Their rights disappear at the airport where recruitment agents confiscate their passports and visas to control them" ... In addition to being super-exploited, Dubai's helots are also expected to be generally invisible. The bleak work camps on the city's outskirts, where laborers are crowded six, eight, even twelve to a room, are not part of the official tourist image of a city of luxury without slums or poverty ... Paradise, however, has even darker corners than the indentured-labor camps. The Russian girls at the elegant hotel bar are but the glamorous facade of a sinister sex trade built on kidnapping, slavery, and sadistic violence. Dubai -- any of the hipper guidebooks will advise -- is the "Bangkok of the Middle East," populated with thousands of Russian, Armenian, Indian, and Iranian prostitutes controlled by various transnational gangs and mafias.
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RE: The Dark Side Of Life In DXB

Sun Nov 27, 2005 12:36 pm

Quoting PROSA (Thread starter):
South Asian contract laborers, legally bound to a single employer and subject to totalitarian social controls, make up the great mass of the population. Dubai lifestyles are attended by vast numbers of Filipina, Sri Lankan, and Indian maids, while the building boom is carried on the shoulders of an army of poorly paid Pakistanis and Indians working twelve-hour shifts, six and half days a week,

This is very true. My uncle lived in Sharjah, and there you could see so many of these laborers around. It was common to see 7-8 bachelors from South Asia sharing a 1 bedroom apartment. In the morning, the buses come and take them away to work for the day. Also shocking to me was seeing a man talking into a tape recorder, and mailing the tape home because he couldn't afford to make a phone call.

Dubai is a great place to see and make a vacation out of and do some shopping, but for all the wealth that it portrays, it's done on the backs of laborers from the subcontinent. Western tourists and even Westerners living there don't get to see this.
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RE: The Dark Side Of Life In DXB

Sun Nov 27, 2005 1:30 pm

Quoting Mdsh00 (Reply 1):
This is very true. My uncle lived in Sharjah, and there you could see so many of these laborers around. It was common to see 7-8 bachelors from South Asia sharing a 1 bedroom apartment. In the morning, the buses come and take them away to work for the day. Also shocking to me was seeing a man talking into a tape recorder, and mailing the tape home because he couldn't afford to make a phone call.

Dubai is a great place to see and make a vacation out of and do some shopping, but for all the wealth that it portrays, it's done on the backs of laborers from the subcontinent. Western tourists and even Westerners living there don't get to see this.

 checkmark  Agree 100%. The Sheikh's in dubai are not the most humane people on this earth when it comes to Asian labour and east European girls.
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RE: The Dark Side Of Life In DXB

Sun Nov 27, 2005 2:44 pm

Quoting Mdsh00 (Reply 1):
This is very true. My uncle lived in Sharjah, and there you could see so many of these laborers around. It was common to see 7-8 bachelors from South Asia sharing a 1 bedroom apartment. In the morning, the buses come and take them away to work for the day. Also shocking to me was seeing a man talking into a tape recorder, and mailing the tape home because he couldn't afford to make a phone call.

Dubai is a great place to see and make a vacation out of and do some shopping, but for all the wealth that it portrays, it's done on the backs of laborers from the subcontinent. Western tourists and even Westerners living there don't get to see this.

This is also a consequence of market economics. Whoever can do the job for a cheap price gets to do it. One of my very good friends in college is from Dubai, I could not believe some of the stories he was telling me about Domestic workers having sex with the employers kids, also how domestic workers get abused, beaten or even burned by the madam when she suspects her kids are "practice" on the maid. There is one particular example that the employers decided to send the maid back to Philippines once they found out that one of the kids had sex with her and she was pregnant.

[Edited 2005-11-27 06:46:47]
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RE: The Dark Side Of Life In DXB

Sun Nov 27, 2005 4:25 pm

As I've stated somewhere else on this site, at the moment the Norwegian company Norsk Hydro is shutting down one of the most modern and profitable aluminium factories in the world in Hamburg, Germany, with about 2000 workers loosing their jobs. This factory will be shut down, following the opening of a similar factory in Dubai.
The government of Dubai offered Norsk Hydro not only cheaper energy (important because huge amounts of electricity are required in the smelting process), but also much lower labour costs, since the new factory will be manned by imported Pakistani and Indian workers working for slave wages, which will greatly increase the profits Norsk Hydro will earn, even though their German factory was also making a profit.

Norsk Hydro refused also offeres from other companies and the state of Hamburg (the state will have to carry most of the expenses for several thousand people being unemployed, so paying a few subsidies to get a new investor would be cheaper in the long run) to buy the Hamburg factory, since they see it as a competition to their new factory in Dubai.

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