Racism in dubai
I am a Coloured South African women, but falls under black. Because of my skin colour I am not allowed to marry my boyfriend who is from dubai.Due to the fact that it is culturally unexceptable and it will cause to much friction and noone will ever except me.Even his family does not want to give their consent and blessing. They say it will cause to much pain towards their son and will bring a shame on the family. Do I always have to go through cultural discrimination and cut off my love because my skin colour is not good enough. They even said if it was a British or American woman then it would not have been a problem.They do not even no me to judge me on that.09 Jun 2007, 10:26 Leevan
Hello, coloured woman! I think that maybe your English is what's holding you back. Miskien as jy leer hoe om suiwer Engels te praat, sal jou kêrel se familie jou aanvaar. You clearly don't know how to speak the language. You see me nê, I stick to the people that can understand me! Jy moet dit maar ook probeer ok? Lotsa love and hugs and kisses, sommer ene vir jou man ook,
Gelacia Canderelle Gedult 27 Jun 2007, 02:08 - Report
I think its a load of bull**** if they dnt accept u 4 ur skin color
This is 2007 Dnt waste ur time with shallow dimwits move on to the next person ,they dont deserve u
Shawty 28 Jun 2007, 07:41 - Report
Actually my English is pretty good. I am an English speaking South African. The previous letter was typed in a hurry and while I had to deal with being rejected. I don't think that is the problem. I am well educated, comes from a good middle class family. The only problem is that my skin colour is not good enough. I also understand the fact that I should rather break all ties now to spare me any further heartache.But what do you do when you really love a person that much? My relationship was fine before, but now I cannot stop thinking about the rejection his family has. Do you think if we carry on our relationship will survive? My boyfriend does not see any problem with us, but what will happen to him? I cannot allow him defending me all the time.leevan 30 Jun 2007, 12:17 - Report
My boyfriend works in Dubai. He is a pilot He is originally from Jordan.leevan 07 Jul 2007, 11:33 - Report
Hi there sister!
As grown ups we often over-complicate situations. If your boyfriend is PREPARED to "love" (note that "love is a verb) you, he would stand up for you and fight for the relationship. If he's not prepared to do that, then maybe he is not the one for you.
You need to be with someone who is willing to LOVE you unconditionally. If this is meant to be (& in my opinion from God) it will all work out in the end.
Embrace who you are! You are marvelous, beautiful, and special! God created you as you are with gifts and talents that is unique to YOU! If somebody doesn't appreciate that about you, then they're not worthit!
Mwaah! Keep the faith!Doepie 24 Jul 2007, 05:31 - Report
Move on to the next guy. If he cannot take his own decesions. He is not worth it.
When his plane is going to crash he will take all the critical decesions by radioing his parents. And conveniently dive down helplessly.naj 02 Aug 2007, 11:36 - Report
Its got nothing to do with you or the boyfriend. Its a culturally sensitive issue that is steeped in history. You must be aware of the cultural sensitivies of the world because you come from a country that practised it for years. Leave him to his culture, because it will never work, move on with your life you only have one life and that should be happy and fulfilled, not complicated and unhappy. Cheers sista.Moving On Girlfriend 08 Aug 2007, 08:38 - Report
I was just looking to work in Dubai. I don't want to be mistreated If I decide to move there. Would an American be respected there?Dennis 23 Aug 2007, 10:10 - Report
Actually it's not the Prob of Americans / Africans / Asian. And also not the Prob of Colour.... Arabs are very sensitive with their culture. You should think in tht way as well. And also Pls Pls dont call this issue a RACISM. Dubai and the people are very good and it's the most liberal country in GULF. If your Boy Friend is circles by his cultures and Parents leave him and Live your LIFE.Mehas Abdul Aziz 26 Sep 2007, 08:14 - Report
I just got a job in a multinational in Dubai. Im at a training in Europe and met my colleagues who i'ld be working with in Dubai, and they were like:"why did you take the job?"That the Dubai people do not like black people, especially African, that they do not respect them, is that true?Amanda 28 Sep 2007, 11:11 - Report
You have a lot of time on your hands. Find yourself a new partner that respects you and us man enough not to take orders from his family. Good Luck xxxSabrina 01 Oct 2007, 12:21 - Report
Arabs enslaved Africans and most are racist i'm not even sure why you are suprized by your beau's families response...i dont discrimate but when its comes to Asians there is a lot of culture barriers and so on...that is why iots best to avoid asian relationships to much hassle and heartache...Selena 16 Oct 2007, 09:31 - Report
Dear friend please be notice that Dubai is located in UAE witch is part of the Muslim world, WHITCH doesn’t differ between people as per there color or origins,
Its just some people who are not Muslims or far from Islam brought those ideas and roamers,, come to Dubai you will feel how safe is this country,,,,
At least u can sleep with your house door open believe me.
Zaid 19 Oct 2007, 12:46 - Report
dubai has been my place of residence for almost one year, and as far as i am concerned i cannot wait to leave. the only reason i have stayed here so long is because i am waiting for my contract with my job to finnish. the emirati arabs are the most racist people i have ever come across. i am a well educated british/pakistani that has had to put up with subhuman treatment. ive been sworn at, gotten into fights and spat on in the street by f***ing arab knobends.the arabs seem to be very proud of themselves but they dont have much to be proud of, they are just a group of bedouin morons. they are arrogant and are always rude to asians. it is strange to think that i left the uk because of some racist people i was unfortunate to work with, but in dubai it is even worse. i hope the usa decides to bomb the uae next, because these people make me sick!Iqbal 29 Oct 2007, 02:28 - Report
no offences please,if u r black u need to get urself painted white b4 making it there or else u will have to carry ur passport 24/7 to claim or show that u r from the us.its a behemoth place of racism n the f***ing arabs are just a piece of shit.i got the hell outta there after being there for 2 years.am back to the west n lifes peaceful!!!Leighton 10 Nov 2007, 10:03 - Report
From what I have read, Dubai doesn't seem to be a good place for black or non-Arab people to live. I am a black Muslim woman who wears a head scarf. I am also a divorced woman with a young daughter. Currently, I live in New York, USA. I was considering moving to Dubai to have a better life. I am a technical writer. I was wondering how I would be treated as a black African woman with US citizenship in an IT job in Dubai. Are there any other black women who can give me some information about how black women are treated in Dubai, especially black Muslim women who wear head scarves.?
Thanks.Abdus-Salaam 21 Jan 2008, 04:35 - Report
I hope you're still checking this forum.
You said,"Do I always have to go through cultural discrimination and cut off my love because my skin colour is not good enough."
My dear, I'm an African American and it pains me to read those words. You're a beautiful woman--I know this--because I have mirrors and I know all of us are God's children. How can this man and his family love and respect you when you don't love and respect yourself? Please kick him to the curb and spend the next six months or so, falling in love with yourself. If you do this, the next time you meet a man he will give you the respect you deserve. If he was for real his parents wouldn't be able to stop him from marrying you.JTB 04 Feb 2008, 04:20 - Report
My name is Aishah and I am Nigerian muslim, the gulf is full of black people and even the local people there have black emiratis and there are black kuwaitis even one of the prince of kuwait his mother is black,
Racsism is everywhere and not all are racist, I have many friends from the gulf and I am planning to marry a man from kuwait and his family have acceppted me.
and I know there are many blak saudis and when I say this these are people that hold the kuwaiti and emirati passport they are nationals of the country.
Dont be put off by this, its a great country and my friend she is emirati and her dad is an black emirati and her mum is a whit emirati.
Besides most of the arabian gulf are dark in colour, the arabs that are whiter are syrians and lebenese and jordan and they are not completely arab anyway they have been mixed with roman, or something like that because my saudi friend told me.
I love the gulf and the people of the gulf, some good and some bad, same in every countryAishah 18 Feb 2008, 04:33 - Report
Dubai is not as bad as people are making it out to be.
I’ve lived here for almost 5years now. I am South African but look a bit Asian because of my heritage. People think I’m Pilipino and it sometimes bugs me because if you are you are considered a lower class.
Yes, I agree if you’re not fair and have green or blue eyes people do treat you a bit differently.
Lots of issues between Asian, Indian, Pakistani etc, but people make it difficult for each other and I think they just need to grow up and stop being so close minded.
There is more to the world than what you see around you. It’s a pity people DON’T see that. x
ME 09 Apr 2008, 10:34 - Report
An american man has just been sentenced to 3 months in jail for making rude gestures and scuffling with a local man (gulf news, page 3, 11/04/08) Who apparently cut in front of him while they were driving on shk Z road. Anyone who has driven on the roads of Dubai has experienced how dangerous the driving is. Particularly speeding locals in their 90% tinted Land Cruisers.The fatalities speak for themselves. The American had his family in the car whereas the Local guy was alone. However, the locals claim stands in court and the expat was punished. A few years ago, in a case of road rage a Local man slapped a french lady because she would not give way on the road. He was merely fined AED 5,000.No jail term just a fine. This is the kind of racism one has to deal with in the GCC. It isn't based on skin colour. Its based on how influential the local that you deal with is.Fed up 12 Apr 2008, 04:35 - Report
I`m a South African with an asian identity who has been to Dubai at least seven times on business,and never on any occasion enjoyed the city for the reason that the local Arabs were the most arrogant that I`ve experienced from the rest of the world that I`ve travelled.Although we are a country with the freshest democracy,the people here still have a lot of respect for other colour or races eventhough the U.S. will portray a different picture(really no offence).The Arabs there consider everyone inferior but will succumb to any white person and will give them the utmost respect.I don`t dislike white people and I`m only expressing what I`ve experienced there.This,however,in my opinion does not answer your question as to why the family did not accept you because of colour but the main reason there was probably of religion and they also would prefer someone of Arab origin.Cassim 05 Jun 2008, 04:42 - Report
A GUYS FAMILY BECOMES YOUR FAMILY AND IF THEY NOT WILLING TO ACCEPT YOU MOVE ON
I MARRIED A PAKISTANI I HAVE THREE CHILDREN MY IN LAWS ARE FAR ON BOTH SIDES I HAVE LEARNED HIS LANGUAGE AND WISHED MY STUPID MUM NEVER FORCED ME TO MARRY A FOREIGNER LOVE YOUR OWN ALTHOUGH I HAVE KIDS A LOVELY HOME AND EVERYTHING I MISS TALKING TO A SOUTH AFRICAN IN MY OWN LANGUAGE EVEN IF YOU WIN THEIR SON YOU THE AFRICAN DAUGHT IN LAWSAMIRA 16 Jun 2008, 12:35 - Report
mixed relation are most of the time difficult keep that in mind and its not you because of your skin my best friend is white and also the family of here boyfriend will and can not!! accept here ( he is from libanon)and she is from germany. so you see it is always difficult!angela 19 Jun 2008, 09:58 - Report
Are you shocked that these Arabs do not want you part of their family??? Do you live on planet Earth? Middle Eastern persons are very racist against blacks! They would have no problems if you were white(real talk)! If he really loves you, he will fight for you with out condition. I would never live in Dubai...I don't trust the middle east.John Smith 17 Jul 2008, 07:45 - Report
I am waiting for a job offer in a couple of days or so from an employer in Dubai. I am a Black man, highly educated(British), and a school in Dubai wants to offer me an appointment as a teacher.
After reading all these negative experiences that Black people have gone through, I begin to be put off. But I am a "fighter". I have lived in South Africa in the 90s and fought head on. I want to teach English and French to these young arabs and my desire is to change the stereotypes about Black people. I want to "shock" them with an endless list of Black inventors, Black mathematicians, black scientists, black astronauts, doctors who have made a real contribution to the world.Godfrey Kisela, International Affairs 18 Jul 2008, 12:26 - Report
If there are any negative perceptions about South African nationals, quite honestly, it is their own doing.
They are the only nation in the world that bad-mouth their own country. Most developing countries are faced with periods of adversity and South Africa is no exception. Look at the situation in Lebanon, and yet the Lebanese speak of Beirut as if it is Paris.
Regardless of what happens on the home front, and regardless of your opinion, hold your head up high and people will accept and respect you.B. Michael 22 Jul 2008, 02:44 - Report
As a person of colour you are vulnerable to racism anywhere, even moreso if you are black (let's fact it).
The fact of the matter is that it is worldwide, and not solely in the Middle East.I think that when people experience the same prejudice from the Arabs, they are taken aback because they do not expect to experience this sort of treatment from fellow people of colour, which is what they essentially are.
You cannot live life in a box, and can experience racism (or any other "ism" anywhere in the world.You deal with it in the same manner that you handle these matters in your home country or anywhere else.Blanche, Resident in Gulf 22 Jul 2008, 02:53 - Report
palestine: 6 million refugees worldwide and ca. 300000 victims in 60 years war with israel, irag:1 million children, 8 million refugees and more than 0.5 million victims of war "not accomplished" yet...
lebanon, saudi arabia, algier, kuwait.etc.. how much arabs died and still suffering everyday.. for what?why?
because of oil, this region is the weakness point region of usa , how have the power above oil can destroy the usa, thatswhy usa support regims like every where in arabiens, who don't give a bullshit about democracy or humanrights..thatswhy we hate you.. we hate to see your macshit faces, your macshit restaurents, your gang democracie, your fashist israelis, your material w****s,,, really only go back to your fashist place, what you home call.. good luck and f*** of hier!!macshit fucker 03 Aug 2008, 02:31 - Report
I HAVE BEEN LIVING IN THE GULF FOR SOME TIME, AND BECAUSE I DO NOT LIKE WHAT I HAVE SEEN HERE I WILL BE LEAVING VERY SOON.
YES, WESTERNERS DO PARADE AROUND THE MIDDLE EAST AS IF THEY OWN THE PLACE. YES, THEY DO BAD-MOUTH ARABS AND MUSLIMS AT THEIR COMPOUND PARTIES, WHILST TAKING ARAB MONEY EVERY MONTH.THEY LIVE A VERY COMFORTABLE LIFE OFF ARAB MONEY, AND WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO MAINTAIN THIS STANDARD IN THEIR NATIVE ENVIRONMENTS.
THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT THE ARABS ARE THE ONES WHO "KISS-UP" TO WESTERN PEOPLE AT EVERY TURN. THEY GIVE THEM THAT SENSE OF UNFOUNDED IMPORTANCE. IN THE MIDDLE EAST A BUS DRIVER FROM LONDON IS ALLOCATED A HIGHER STATUS THAN A BRAIN SURGEON FROM PENANG. AN ARAB MAN (PARTICULARLY THE LEVANTS) WHO HAS ACQUIRED A WESTERN PASSPORT BEHAVES LIKE A LITTLE BOY WHO HAS LAID HIS HANDS ON A POLICE BADGE.THE AMOUNT OF ARAB MEN WHO PREFER WHITE WOMEN (MANY OF WHOM ARE VERY LOW CLASS IN THEIR OWN COUNTRIES, IE. THE ENGLISH COUNCIL HOUSE TYPES) TO THEIR OWN VERY BEAUTIFUL AND ACCOMPLISHED WOMEN SAYS A LOT.I HAVE OBSERVED THIS VERY CLOSELY DURING MY TRAVELS THROUGH THE MIDDLE EAST.
IF THERE IS ANYONE THAT YOU SHOULD BE TAKING YOUR ANGER OUT ON, IT SHOULD ACTUALLY BE THE ARABS AND NOT THE FOREIGNERS WORKING IN THE MIDDLE EAST. THEY HAVE STABBED THEIR OWN PEOPLE IN THE BACK, AND THAT YOU CANNOT BLAME ON THE WEST. THEY MERELY CAPITALISE ON YOUR WEAKNESSES AS A PEOPLE.MAB 04 Aug 2008, 03:03 - Report
Hi everyone! I am an African girl (literaly Black) student planing to transfer in a university in Dubai.. But after reading all those comments, am scared now, I dont know what to do!! Will i have to face that eveyday in the dorms?? Can anyone give me some advices??Zara 04 Aug 2008, 09:29 - Report
I'm a black American guy. I'm tall, good looking and I work as VP of Merger and Acquisitions for a US company here in Dubai.
What I found out about Arabs. Some of them are really nice, but a lot of them are big time hypocrits. If you are from the US, Canada or the UK and you have a lot of money, they'll respect you...Otherwise, good luck
Before I moved here, I heard it was hard for a black guy to date an Arab woman. I found out that as long as you are discrete you could date them. I dated a girl from the UAE, but she was always scared that her family would found out. When her family finally "picked" another emirati husband for her, she flew to Lebanon to have a surgery so her husband would think she was still a virgin.
Arabs don't respect Africans period. I can get away because it's obvious that I'm American, and on top of that I drive a sport car and live at the Marina...
Another thing, Arabs are big liars...My message for the South African sister, please move on...F22 Stealth 05 Aug 2008, 03:41 - Report
The fact of the matter is that these unpleasant realities are universal.
The Aussies go on about the "abos", the Brits about the "Paks and Indians, or Roma (they actually call them "Pikeys", can you believe that), the white South Africans pass the most unbelievably racist remarks I've heard in my life. Men degrade women on a daily basis. The list is endless.
Wherever you go there will be something. You cannot allow these factors to hinder your progress, because you will encounter some sort of prejudice or another wherever you go, either as a women or as an African. Besides, there are many black Emiratis anyway, and many other African nationals who have been residing in Dubai for many years.
Give it a go, and see for yourself. You are not alone.Blanche 05 Aug 2008, 06:46 - Report
Actually, the "No Bachelors" story, literally means "no bachelors".
There are a number of family facilities around the Middle East that cater solely for single women and families. This is largely for the protection of single women against unwanted harrassment from stange men. So, this is defintely not racial.Blanche, Resident in Gulf 10 Aug 2008, 07:16 - Report
Ladies and Gentlemen, hold on:
what ever your democratic beatiful country is, how much forigners you have every year? how much new-comers you have every year?
Do you remember the refugee-camps in australia?
Do you remember the German-gail für refugees?
Do you remember the 800 Billion (Euros) from the EU to ensure their Borders?
Do you remember how much Mr. Bush paying to ensure his Borders?
Do you hear about what(now!) Mr. Berloscouni in Italy doing? the militry in the streets?
Do you heard about what canadian authorities now doing? greece authuorities?
What do you think how much refugees comes every year to EU? i will tell you this time= every year kam to the whole EU less than 10.000 refugees(?)(EU have about 350 Million people)
this is in percent 12x0 percent..ok this is according to the population of EU less than 000000000000.1% every year!!
in the UAE are according to the population 85% forigners!new-comers every year not included!
70% of them are Male!! 50% of this 70% are non-arabs!!
use your imagination, try to do this with your WHITE-DEMOCRACY, see what is happening.. at the End-conclusion you wil see how good arabs are.
all this people, what your country the white-god in the embassy plays to not let them come in to your country, comes partly to the UAE!
so at the end, inspite of many bad things happening, arabs still in general having more heart than the most economicly super powers of this world!
in spite of all hate(Palestine, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Algier etc..where for sure more than 3.000 people in two towers died..
think about it!justice 16 Aug 2008, 09:28 - Report
IF YOU DON'T LIKE THE ARABS FOR WHATEVER REASON, SHUT UP AND GO HOME TO YOUR COUNTRY. NOBODY IS FORCING YOU TO STAY, SO STOP WHINGING.
ARABS MUST ALSO STOP "SUCKING UP" TO WHITE PEOPLE (MOST OF WHOM ARE WHITE TRASH, ANYWAY), ONLY LATER TO BE DISAPPOINTED TO FIND OUT THAT THEY DO NOT REGARD YOU AS A HUMAN BEING. ALL LEBANESE PEOPLE, PLEASE TAKE NOTE. YOU ARE IN ACTUAL FACT ARABS, WHETHER YOU CAN HANDLE IT OR NOT.KL 17 Aug 2008, 03:33 - Report
so how do they treat black american born women. do they treat black american born women of different skin tones differently.nan 07 Sep 2008, 03:01 - Report
its amazing how people even try to pacify a black person. oh! you are beautiful black person...and all that encouragement bullshit. it just reinforces that there is something wrong with your colour!! i feel the most ignorant racist people i have come across are the non-whites!! i am indian by origin. canadian by nationality. the most rascist comments about africans decsents i have heard are from south asian and chinese. even in canada if you are white...you are canadian!!! rest are not....don't get me wrong ...it is not the caucasians who say this!!...these are the visible minorites who says this. what the f*** is wrong with these people. have some self pride first! ask yourself deep inside....would you prefer having a white friend or a black friend. you got your answer right there!!George 08 Sep 2008, 12:38 - Report
This is not about pacifying people, but about addressing real issues affecting people.
Word of advice, get your English sorted out before you decide to post such bold statements on the internet. Hind-glish doesn't get you very far outside the SUB-continent.
By the way, being Asian automatically includes you in "those ignorant masses". So go ahead and be a good BOY, lick the master's bum forever, maybe you'll even score an actual blondie. We don't need people like you in this world; you are a disgrace to your race.al 08 Sep 2008, 02:29 - Report
It is sad to have noted ( while in Dubai ), that indeed the locals there are definitely racist although they, like myself, are Muslims - and this is contrary to the teachings of Islam. It is not a cultural teaching to be racist,it is merely a "culture" adopted by these people because of wealth & pride,and fear of being stigmatized.
One cannot help notice how the labourers of the IndoPak subcontinent are racially abused in Dubai. To the extent of even discriminating against South African Indians & Coloureds. The Asian pigmentation of skin is treated as 3rd class by these haughty Arabs, yet the upright Arab Muslim does not entertain such discrimination.
I think our poorest class of South African Whites would enjoy better priveleges than Indians & Coloureds( no discrimination meant ).
And by the way, a "White Chick" from any country would be ever so welcome in their hearts, homes & ...... . You guessed it.
My advice to you, my friend, is that you move on with your life unless the guy really LOVES you unconditionally, meaning he is prepared to break barriers in order to marry you. Otherwise, you will be suffer a heartache.
MoeMoe 08 Sep 2008, 11:38 - Report
Listen you jack-ass 'AL' I am not sure what on earth you are talking about. What about sorting my Hind-lish!! Listen AL what ever your god damn name is.....! I have travelled the world and have come a very long way...more than probably you can dream of. People who work for me are whites. Let me tell you this....years of interaction with white folks not a single person..I mean not a single person has been blantantly rascist towards me. You know why?!! I don't let them. Ofcourse! there are tons rascist thinking people amongst them. So!!! Who cares??!! What are you...an idiot? I am not going sit around and pout about it. You said about addressing issues..you don't sit around and grumble about issues, BE PROACTIVE!!! Do you know what it means!! Ask someone with a bit of education.
What are you saying licking "Masters Bum" You are obviously English Asian. Listen mate! I feel sorry for you. Trust me, if YOU don't have confidence and self respect...you will have a pathetic life filled with inferiority complex.
For your information, I do have a beautiful, highly educated very successful blonde partner for 10 years!!
I don't wish to carry on this conversation simply because I do not have time nor the interest. I will not be checking this site again. So there! Get a life OK!!George 09 Sep 2008, 10:13 - Report
Good boy George. I know that you'll come back to this site merely to view my reply.
The exact content of your posting reveals that you have a "not quite white" complex; the fact that you have "come so long" to gain their acceptance, because it is very important to people like you. You need a caucasian partner and other such associations in order to validate your existence. (The big joke is, your own educated women are not good enough, but you'll probably run around with some working class nobody).
I agree that we should not waste our time brooding over these things, because it is indeed a waste of time. However, because it is so personal an permeates through every social facet on an international scale, it is really hard not to.AL 09 Sep 2008, 10:36 - Report
This site is n aawesome....anger management...relieves stress and frustration. Hilarious!! You know the best thing about Dubai!!.... "MOTTA CHAVAL" (rice and curry) with fish fry from kakabhai's restaurant. Best shawarma... from Deira Dubai corner lebanese shop...they toast it for you.
I really like Pakistanis, Europeans ( some English), American and Canadians are quite nice too. Indians are nice too...but a very sensitive lot. Emaritis...confused rich people wallowing in their new found wealth. Hey! sure why not. I don't blame them....they never got the chance to develop mentally. Expensive cars and perfume are the only things their brains can handle right now. Let them be...if you face hardships in Dubai...asess your situation...take it or leave it.
I have often found people often respect you when you respect their culture and as a human being.Max 09 Sep 2008, 11:18 - Report
Emaratis and Kuwaitis are the only people in the human race I have heard bad comments about. Everyone seems to dislike them. Like they say, you want see a good Emarati, see a dead one. Very unfortunate. They treat their domestic servants so very badly. Saudi's too!! Why are these people like this??!! Absolutely new age barbarism. They give muslims a bad name. Sheikh Mohammed needs to run some classes on good manners and humility. That country brings the negative nature in people. Westerners acts differently from their own country. Rest of Arabs like Egyptians, Palestinians and so on back biting the rest and kissing bottoms of Emarati's. Can you believe it?!! This is 2008!!! No progress in peoples attitudes. I never want to go to Dubai. Too much negativity there from the poor workers who shed sweat and blood building that city. I visited Dubai and sharjah for few days. In the evenings when you drive around you see hundreds of South Asians, filipinos and people from Africa hanging around the town centres. You see the sadness in their faces. Leaving their families behind. They are there to take care of their families. I have a lot of respect for these people. Bless them. Anyways, I am glad I live in a country where people respect each other.Jefferson 10 Sep 2008, 06:01 - Report
shut up jefferson go find a pig to eat lol good thing dont come back to the middle east ok you jew damm kikshahaha 11 Sep 2008, 03:30 - Report
Are you kidding me!! I am not coming to Dubai ...not middle east. There are some good places in Middle east like Jordan, Oman, Lebanon (maybe - Same like emaratis except poorer). Yeah! the jews should kick your ass and leave the good arabs alone.Jefferson 13 Sep 2008, 11:49 - Report
Visiting Dubai for few days and reading about some stuff in the internet doesn't make you an expert of Emirates, Dubai or Arabs. Even many white Europeans and Aussies who live in ghetoo-like rich communities here don't have the right to do so coz they are so closed minded.
Dubai and the Emirates and the Gulf are welcoming all forigeners to the point the population of the locals is almost 25%. Not all Emirates are Racist, in fact it isn't even the conventinal rascism, it is more like some people are arrogant because of being ultra wealthy and this is something universal. We have never heared of any race crime unlike in the "civilised" west, recently one 16 yo student from Qatar was killed in the UK by some rascist brits, should I say all brits are rascist ofcourse not and I wouldn't reach the point you did by embracing the saying a good emirati is a dead one, acutually this is a very rascist comment of a closed minded person who want to be a wanna be smart mouth.
rgrdsGulf Arab 14 Sep 2008, 12:24 - Report
You say the UAE is full of racists.. Well guess what? EVERYWHERE YOU GO YOU'LL FIND RACISM, I lived here my entire life and been around a few country and in my entire life living in Dubai I have BARELY seem one bit of racism, Jeffereson, no offence but Sheikh Mohammad has done alot for this country, and he knows how to treat his people right. Ok you have been caught by some Emirati's and have been disrespected and there was nothing you could do about it... CALL THE COPS?! Don't fight back because yes, they will have the upper hand, I personally know Dubai will not accept racism going around.Carl 18 Sep 2008, 03:38 - Report
salam pls contact mefatima 18 Sep 2008, 04:56 - Report
I'm an Australian woman of Korean origin, moving to Dubai soon for a 2 year specialist posting.
Reading this forum, I get an impression that Indian/Pakistani "asians" are referred to as "south asians". Is this correct?
I'm wondering about asian people from the northern countries like Korea, Japan, China?
Are these 2 groups considered separately and are they treated differently?
Many thanks for any advice.Sam, 28yo, Australian woman or Korean origin. 30 Sep 2008, 12:08 - Report
I've been reading all of your conversations and find your comments on race very interesting to say the least. As a professional African-American women from the US, I am used to being stared at, gauked at and photographed in every country that I lived or visited...it's just apart of being Black. Your points on "white-privlidge" are universal...no matter what country you live this rule applies. But, you persevere as an indivudual and take the good with the bad. I have been fortunate over the years because I am an attractive "light-skin" African-American, but I a not disillusioned about the realism of racism and how persons of color are treated across the world.
I am just ending a project in Sydney, AUS and will be moving to Dubai in the next couple of weeks. I am fortunate to have a diverse group of friends...Asian, Indian, African...White, Black, Brown and Yellow. I would appreciate meeting like-minded indivuduals who embrace diverse cultures and the wonderful blessed life we have.
I haven't updated it in awhile, but if you are interested, plese leave me a message on my webpage...www.mogillespie.comMonique 30 Sep 2008, 06:51 - Report