Monday, November 19, 2007

Dubai Bigger Than China? Same Boom, Labor Issues...

Check out this video on CNBC discussing Dubai's new emergence as a world tech Mecca - even allegedly bigger than China, according to the Guy from Google.

Note how the Dubai elite brush off issues regarding the slave labor conditions of their mostly Asian workers - who make up about 80% of the population in Dubai - who are not, and cannot become, Dubai citizens. Got a few issues here, if Dubai wants to be, as Mr. Alabbar, the man in charge of much of the building boom here, says, the new "hub" of the region that includes Pakistan, Iran, and of course, the Middle East. There has to be some honesty in the face of their long-held elitist attitude. One of the prices of the perks of progress. (Israel, are you listening?)

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