To be honest, Dubai, as fancy as it is, does not benefit the region one bit. It is a mirage whose eventual disappearance was inevitable. It benefits the few lazy oasis dwellers while it helps pour millions and millions of dollars into multinational corporations, Indian and Filipino workers are treated like subjects while being kept 100 at a time in rooms no bigger than a High School varsity basketball team locker room, only not as clean. Prostitution is rampant. The Russian mafia has a base there. It is used as a hub for human trafficking. It ruined the natural beauty of the desert beneath it. It offers no industry aside from the economically useless Burj Al-Arab hotel with its $600 million bill that was mostly distributed among the few that can actually afford to stay there. Today I hear, people are just leaving there unpaid-for cars at the airport parking as they leave this joke of a country. The best thing to happen to the Bedouins of those sheikdoms would be them returning to “the fundamentals of camel poo.”
There needs to be a serious crises in the Middle East if any change is to take place. And I do not mean war necessarily. This might be the first step (or could be). Next I predict Amman, Jordan. While not as popular as Dubai, Jordan is also going to begin feeling the pressures of the economic crisis. There is already growing tensions due to the rise of prices, lack of jobs and general discontent with the rising number of Iraqis pouring in. Ditto for the always tense Beirut but to an even lesser scale than Amman.
These sort of crises are needed in the region right now. The people are not going to get any poorer. Something will have to give and I hope that it is the regimes. It will be nasty but it is needed. The one major drawback would be Iran’s influence and how it will step in to manipulate the situation to its favor.
The many Arabs who bought into the Dubai bubble need a wake-up call. It will do them some good.