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    Quote Originally Posted by futurecity View Post
    Public experience --> aesthetics, design, cleanliness, etc....
    I suppose the etc are captious issues.

    Are you a lawyer by the way? You sound like a litigator.
    Nope. Just can follow a discussion. Go back and reread from #389 and it should be clear what I'm talking about.

    BTW: Besides your general evaluation (or lack of concern) of societies, what ideas of yours do I hate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by futurecity View Post

    I know several people who frequent Dubai who are very impressed.
    Did they enjoy the time they spent in the workers' camps? Or didn't they frequent that hidden side of Dubai?

    The public presentation is often done in order to negate the reality behind the curtain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1 View Post
    Did they enjoy the time they spent in the workers' camps? Or didn't they frequent that hidden side of Dubai?

    The public presentation is often done in order to negate the reality behind the curtain.


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    How to build a shiny new metro where aesthetics are everything (but only operates from 6A - 12M ) ...

    "It is hard to fathom why on earth people still want to vacation in this hellhole… one of many in the Middle East."

    Conditions of Dubai’s immigrant workers highlighted

    BBC VIDEO

    "Something the government here doesn't want shown"

    From Dubai, the BBC's World Affairs Editor John Simpson reports ...

    It is home to some of the tallest and most opulent skyscrapers in the world but behind Dubai's glittering façade, life for many of the people who helped build it, could not be more different.

    Some migrant workers are facing destitution and are being prevented from returning home - a situation campaigners are calling "a form of modern day slavery".

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    Dark side of the Dubai dream

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    January 20, 2011

    ... It is the promise of a land of opportunity that has brought an estimated one million migrant workers to Dubai. Most come from areas of extreme poverty in the Indian sub-continent where they are easy prey for recruitment agents. Paying up to £2,000 to make the trip, the sum often has to be borrowed or family land sold in the belief that within 18 months the debt can be repaid.

    30p overtime

    Instead on arriving in Dubai they are met with shanty town conditions hidden from public view. In a country that penalises journalists reporting stories which negatively reflect the economy or insult the government with massive fines and even imprisonment, it was important to maintain a low profile.

    In secret, we followed a group of workers home from work. Employed by The First Group's sub-contractors United Engineering Construction, they were working on a development due to be finished in June ready for England striker Michael Owen to move in.

    Back at the worker's camp we were soon rumbled and asked to leave. Returning over the next few days we managed to speak to some of the men living there on condition of anonymity.

    They told a grim tale. None had been paid the money they were promised by the recruitment agencies, and many said they couldn't afford to eat properly, living on a diet of potatoes, lentils and bread. Average salaries are often no more than £120 a month. This for a six-day week, often working up to 12-hour shifts ...

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    A migrant worker watches the city fly by on the brand-new Dubai Metro.
    In many stations there were more staff than passengers.


    Posted January 31, 2011 at 12:05pm

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    ^^^
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    Dead since February? Has the desert swallowed up Dubai yet?

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    <Crickets....>
    ow. Maybe the answer is yes.

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    Life in Paradise ...



    Dubai has no sewer system. ThIs two minute video passes a line of poop trucks and never gets to the end of the line.

    What were these people thinking? Unbelievable amount of sewage generated by the new high-rises and no place to dispose of it.

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    So with all the surrounding desert, is this the world's largest kitty-litter site?

    Talk about filthy rich.

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    Dubai's latest superlative: The world's tallest, twisted tower
    By Zahraa Alkhalisi, special to CNNupdated 12:16 PM EDT, Wed June 12, 2013



    The world's tallest tower, the longest driverless public transit network, the largest illuminated advertising sign, to name a few. Now Dubai, one of seven emirates making up the United Arab Emirates, is home to another record: the tallest twisted structure in the world. Cayan Tower, which spirals at 90 degrees from the bottom to the top, was inaugurated on Monday with a spectacular firework display as it stands in the Dubai Marina, a man-made harbor.

    The 1 billion dirham ($272 million) residential tower has 75 floors housing 495 apartments. Developer, Cayan Real Estate Investment and Development Company, says 80% of the units have already been sold.

    On a secondary market property website, a one-bedroom apartment carries a price tag of $435,000. The structure stands at 307 meters high with each floor rotated by 1.2 degrees.

    Construction on Cayan Tower, previously known as Infiniti Tower, started in 2006 but soon after that a major flooding in the basement caused a delay. The tower was set to finish in 2010 but then faced another hurdle, the financial crisis in 2009. The credit crunch forced many projects in the city to be put on hold or be scrapped altogether.

    Dubai, whose economy relies heavily on real estate, saw property prices slump as much as 60% during that time. But a recovery is well underway in the Emirate. Analysts at property consultant, Jones Lang LaSalle, say real estate investment in the first quarter of the year has been "very active". Sale and rental prices continue to rise, building on the strong growth of 2012.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1 View Post
    Life in Paradise ...



    Dubai has no sewer system. ThIs two minute video passes a line of poop trucks and never gets to the end of the line.

    What were these people thinking? Unbelievable amount of sewage generated by the new high-rises and no place to dispose of it.
    It's amazing, millionaires and poor at once!

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