Life in Dubai

Dubai Wins World Expo 2020

http://news.yahoo.com/dubai-wins-host-world-expo-2020-170424608.html

http://www.arabianbusiness.com/sheikh-mohammed-hails-dubai-s-expo-2020-win-528605.html#.UpbL8dKw3p8

Congratulations Dubai. This country has been my home for more than 20 years now and even though I’m no citizen, in the spirit of patriotism, I’m glad that something is going right. Its no secret that the country launched a huge campaign in the bid to win the position and this will make a huge impact and boost for the local economy; but its easy to get caught up in the hype of it all without thinking whether Dubai is able to handle such publicity. No doubt they will try to rise to the occasion.

Truth be told, like anywhere else in the world, life in Dubai is not that great. It has it shares of ups and downs. I like the idea of the eyes of the world now watching the country, this makes it harder for the locals to hide when they screw up.
Don’t get me wrong. I like Dubai. I’m just wondering what does the win mean for those living here; especially us expats.
For instance, there are rumors that the landlords were waiting to hear that Dubai would win, just so that they can hike up the rents; blaming it on the prestige of the Expo. The rents here are already really high and there are those who are finding it hard as it is now. And it won’t be just Dubai. Its seems like Landlords in the other Emirates are seeking to cash in on the fame too. No doubt the whole of the United Arab Emirates will in on it. There was a time when the rents here were so horrendous that many expats were forced to leave because along with the increase in rents, there were increases in other things as well. Then the recession hit and with the recent tumble in real estate in the past couple of years, it actually got easier for us. Now it seems that its happening again. Only time will tell.

The UAE has seen so much in terms of publicity in recent years. There was once a time when I had to actually explain about Dubai where I’m living. It was like, ‘I live in Dubai’. ‘Where’s that?’.. ‘Near Saudi Arabia’.. ‘Ah I see’..
Now its like we have the Formula 1 in Abu Dhabi, the worlds Tallest building and even a role in the last Mission Impossible movie. As someone who has lived here for so long, I like the fact that the country is getting time in the spotlight. But, from an expat point of view, whether it is really deserving remains to be seen.

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