Thursday, February 05, 2009

Dubai - I hardly knew ya...

About a 9 mths ago with oil around $140, Dubai was darling of the world. Massive construction, sparkling buildings, and more money than Vegas on Superbowl Sunday. Well, not so much anymore....

"It's the great escape by Indians who've hit the dead-end in Dubai.Local police have found at least 3,000 automobiles - sedans, SUVs, regulars - abandoned outside Dubai International Airport in the last four months. Police say most of the vehicles had keys in the ignition, a clear sign they were left behind by owners in a hurry to take flight.

The global economic crisis has brought Dubai's economic progress, mirrored by its soaring towers and luxurious resorts, to a stuttering halt. Several people have been laid off in the past months after the realty boom started unraveling. On the night of December 31, 2008 alone more than 80 vehicles were found at the airport. "Sixty cars were seized on the first day of this year," director general of Airport Security,

Faced with a cash crunch and a bleak future ahead, there were no goodbyes for the migrants - overwhelmingly South Asians, mostly Indians - just a quiet abandoning of the family car at the airport and other places.While 2,500 vehicles have been found dumped in the past four months outside Terminal III, which caters to all global airlines, Terminal II, which is only used by Emirates Airlines, had 160 cars during the same period."

3,000 cars abandoned at the airport with the keys in the ignition? Boy, I might go rent a barge and set up a "valet service" at the Dubai airport.

I guess things could be worse --- your beaches could be so polluted that they are compared to a toilet, oh wait......

"A NOXIOUS tide of toilet paper, raw sewage and chemical waste has transformed Dubai's most prestigious coastal stretch into a foul-smelling health hazard.

A stretch of the exclusive Jumeirah Beach – a magnet for Western tourists and home to a string of hotels – has been closed, reports The Australian.

“It's a cesspool. Our tests show too many E. coli to count. It's like swimming in a toilet,” said Keith Mutch, manager of the Offshore Sailing Club."

1 comment:

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