|Quoting yowza (Reply 96):|
There are always shadows to exploit.
Of course, you're right. I shouldn't have said 'never', because Murphy and his law will never die. Still, I'd imagine that the government keeps a close eye on the prostitutes. They help keep lonely expats and visiting Russian partiers happy, so they can't really do away with them without causing a fuss and bringing light to such an embarrassing problem, but they are all potential cracks in the fortress. My point was that the Emiratis have free reign in their country and are essentially unbound by a constitution or a democratic system, so they can and will do everything in their (near absolute) power to make sure they keep their good thing going. For all the well-deserved criticism they receive, Dubai and al-Maktoum seem to be one of the last bastions of relative sanity in the region and play an important political role. A terrorist attack in Dubai and the resulting economic downturn would give the Saudis an excuse to steamroll them and just push us further towards a massive confrontation between Saudi and Iran.