Dubai - Mittelalter trifft Neuzeit

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12.07.2008 - 11:03 Uhr
ABC News' Lara Setrakian reports: A British couple was arrested for a romantic romp on Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach. The two allegedly were caught having sex on the beach -- an act very much against the law in this modern, but still traditional Muslim society.

The case is front page news in the Gulf, where reactions range from sympathy to “they should have known better” indifference.

The woman, identified in the press as Michelle Palmer, 30, spoke to reporters about facing a possible 3-6 years in jail.

“They are going to make an example of us and we’re going to get a higher sentence,” Palmer told reporters. “We are in so much trouble. ... Until someone is in this situation, they could never know what it’s like. It's bad — it’s so, so bad. They are being pushed into a corner to make an example of us. I’m panicking. I can’t say anything else.”

Dubai invites tourists from around the world to take in its Persian Gulf shores and fast-expanding skyline.

But there's a high price to not knowing the laws that keep Western visitors in line with conservative Middle Eastern values. During the month of Ramadan, for example, it is criminal to eat, drink or chew gum in public during daylight hours (Muslims fast until sunset).

Any sexual activity outside of marriage is technically illegal in Dubai, and public displays of affection are frowned upon.

Travel advice from the British Foreign Office states that there have been arrests of people kissing in public.

For the estimated 25,000 Americans living in the UAE and the many more who visit, the message is hands off your partner or you could be doing hard time.

In Dubai ist übrigens auch das öffentliche Küssen untersagt, Sklaverei wird dagegen geduldet.
12.07.2008 - 12:35 Uhr
Soweit ich weiß, wird keiner gezwungen dort einzureisen.
12.07.2008 - 17:30 Uhr
darum gehts auch nicht, es geht um das voredergründige anbiedern an den westen bei gleichzeitiger wahrung der mittelalterlichen muslimischen dogmatismen.
12.07.2008 - 18:51 Uhr
Soweit ich weiß, ist es möglich Geschäfte zu machen, ohne dabei die Gepflogenheiten des Geschäftspartners zu übernehmen. Die können doch wahren was sie wollen.
12.07.2008 - 20:50 Uhr
der islam ist tendenziell unsympathisch.
12.07.2008 - 20:53 Uhr
the message is hands off your partner or you could be doing hard time.

12.07.2008 - 21:24 Uhr
Man sollte sich vielleicht mal vorher informieren, wo man hin in Urlaub fährt. Deswegen finde ich auch das Trara um die entführten Deutschen in der Türkei übertrieben. Wer unbedingt in islamistische Gebiete fahren will, der muss mit gewissen Dingen rechnen
12.07.2008 - 21:28 Uhr
Inwiefern die PKK islamistisch ist, musst du jetzt noch erklären.
23.09.2009 - 20:41 Uhr

The dark side of Dubai
Florian Silbereisen
23.09.2009 - 21:16 Uhr
Cooler Albumtitel.
Wann kommt Dubai nach Deutschländ?
23.09.2009 - 21:49 Uhr
Tour zusammen mit Beirut, habe ich gehört.
Florian Silbereisen
23.09.2009 - 21:51 Uhr
Neee, det war America.
23.09.2009 - 21:54 Uhr
Hab was gehört von einer Kollaboration von Dubai und Mogwai. Sollen angeblich eine Platte mit dem Titel "Aye aye, Sir!" veröffentlichen. Ist das was dran??
23.09.2009 - 21:55 Uhr
link funzt net
Florian Silbereisen
24.09.2009 - 05:22 Uhr
Doch, et funzionuckelt.
24.09.2009 - 12:14 Uhr
Man muss ja auch nicht vor aller Augen an öffentlichen Badestränden rumvögeln. Außerdem ist dieser Artikel nicht objektiv. Es sind nicht nur islamische Länder in denen dafür harte Strafen drohen, Beispiel Griechenland.
Ansonsten ist der Artikel generell überzogen, in Dubai hat man ständig ein freies Gefühl und ein sicheres. Dass man z.B. aus Respekt nicht gerade unbedeckt in eine offene Moschee geht, muss doch wohl für uns kultivierte Abendländler selbstverständlich sein.
Im Übrigen geht es dort sonst abolut nicht keusch zu. Dubai ist voller attraktiver Edelnutten und die hängen als Ziel des oft unter den Gespenstergewändern blanken indigenen Volkes keinesfalls verhüllt und in schwarzen Säcken in den Hotelbars und Clubs herum . Und obendrauf trinkt manch gewitzter Moslem Alkohol selbst während des Ramadans auch tagsüber aus einem britischen Teekrüglein, denn im Unterschied zu einem Glas sieht Allah hier den Inhalt nicht.
24.09.2009 - 12:18 Uhr
Es sind nicht nur islamische Länder in denen dafür harte Strafen drohen, Beispiel Griechenland.

24.09.2009 - 12:43 Uhr
im Unterschied zu einem Glas sieht Allah hier den Inhalt nicht.
Unglaublich, wie dumm manche Menschen sind. Glauben an unsichtbare allmächtige Wesen, die gleichzeitigzu doof sind, um zu merken, dass im Krug Alkohol ist :-))
24.09.2009 - 13:13 Uhr
Wat is daran so verwegen?
24.09.2009 - 14:20 Uhr
Wie dumm einige Menschen sind, dass sie nicht mal den einfachsten (zugegeben eher schlechten) Witz verstehen. Schlumpf schreit am Sonntag auch ganz laut "WAHLBETRUUUUUG!", weil seine Horst-Schlämmer-Partei nicht auf dem Wahlzettel steht.
24.09.2009 - 14:35 Uhr
The dark side of Dubai

Dubai was meant to be a Middle-Eastern Shangri-La, a glittering monument to Arab enterprise and western capitalism. But as hard times arrive in the city state that rose from the desert sands, an uglier story is emerging. Johann Hari reports

The wide, smiling face of Sheikh Mohammed – the absolute ruler of Dubai – beams down on his creation. His image is displayed on every other building, sandwiched between the more familiar corporate rictuses of Ronald McDonald and Colonel Sanders. This man has sold Dubai to the world as the city of One Thousand and One Arabian Lights, a Shangri-La in the Middle East insulated from the dust-storms blasting across the region. He dominates the Manhattan-manqué skyline, beaming out from row after row of glass pyramids and hotels smelted into the shape of piles of golden coins. And there he stands on the tallest building in the world – a skinny spike, jabbing farther into the sky than any other human construction in history.

But something has flickered in Sheikh Mohammed's smile. The ubiquitous cranes have paused on the skyline, as if stuck in time. There are countless buildings half-finished, seemingly abandoned. In the swankiest new constructions – like the vast Atlantis hotel, a giant pink castle built in 1,000 days for $1.5bn on its own artificial island – where rainwater is leaking from the ceilings and the tiles are falling off the roof. This Neverland was built on the Never-Never – and now the cracks are beginning to show. Suddenly it looks less like Manhattan in the sun than Iceland in the desert.

Once the manic burst of building has stopped and the whirlwind has slowed, the secrets of Dubai are slowly seeping out. This is a city built from nothing in just a few wild decades on credit and ecocide, suppression and slavery. Dubai is a living metal metaphor for the neo-liberal globalised world that may be crashing – at last – into history.
24.09.2009 - 14:37 Uhr
I. An Adult Disneyland

Karen Andrews can't speak. Every time she starts to tell her story, she puts her head down and crumples. She is slim and angular and has the faded radiance of the once-rich, even though her clothes are as creased as her forehead. I find her in the car park of one of Dubai's finest international hotels, where she is living, in her Range Rover. She has been sleeping here for months, thanks to the kindness of the Bangladeshi car park attendants who don't have the heart to move her on. This is not where she thought her Dubai dream would end.

Her story comes out in stutters, over four hours. At times, her old voice – witty and warm – breaks through. Karen came here from Canada when her husband was offered a job in the senior division of a famous multinational. "When he said Dubai, I said – if you want me to wear black and quit booze, baby, you've got the wrong girl. But he asked me to give it a chance. And I loved him."

All her worries melted when she touched down in Dubai in 2005. "It was an adult Disneyland, where Sheikh Mohammed is the mouse," she says. "Life was fantastic. You had these amazing big apartments, you had a whole army of your own staff, you pay no taxes at all. It seemed like everyone was a CEO. We were partying the whole time."

Her husband, Daniel, bought two properties. "We were drunk on Dubai," she says. But for the first time in his life, he was beginning to mismanage their finances. "We're not talking huge sums, but he was getting confused. It was so unlike Daniel, I was surprised. We got into a little bit of debt." After a year, she found out why: Daniel was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

One doctor told him he had a year to live; another said it was benign and he'd be okay. But the debts were growing. "Before I came here, I didn't know anything about Dubai law. I assumed if all these big companies come here, it must be pretty like Canada's or any other liberal democracy's," she says. Nobody told her there is no concept of bankruptcy. If you get into debt and you can't pay, you go to prison.

"When we realised that, I sat Daniel down and told him: listen, we need to get out of here. He knew he was guaranteed a pay-off when he resigned, so we said – right, let's take the pay-off, clear the debt, and go." So Daniel resigned – but he was given a lower pay-off than his contract suggested. The debt remained. As soon as you quit your job in Dubai, your employer has to inform your bank. If you have any outstanding debts that aren't covered by your savings, then all your accounts are frozen, and you are forbidden to leave the country.

"Suddenly our cards stopped working. We had nothing. We were thrown out of our apartment." Karen can't speak about what happened next for a long time; she is shaking.

Daniel was arrested and taken away on the day of their eviction. It was six days before she could talk to him. "He told me he was put in a cell with another debtor, a Sri Lankan guy who was only 27, who said he couldn't face the shame to his family. Daniel woke up and the boy had swallowed razor-blades. He banged for help, but nobody came, and the boy died in front of him."

Karen managed to beg from her friends for a few weeks, "but it was so humiliating. I've never lived like this. I worked in the fashion industry. I had my own shops. I've never..." She peters out.

Daniel was sentenced to six months' imprisonment at a trial he couldn't understand. It was in Arabic, and there was no translation. "Now I'm here illegally, too," Karen says I've got no money, nothing. I have to last nine months until he's out, somehow." Looking away, almost paralysed with embarrassment, she asks if I could buy her a meal.

She is not alone. All over the city, there are maxed-out expats sleeping secretly in the sand-dunes or the airport or in their cars.

"The thing you have to understand about Dubai is – nothing is what it seems," Karen says at last. "Nothing. This isn't a city, it's a con-job. They lure you in telling you it's one thing – a modern kind of place – but beneath the surface it's a medieval dictatorship."
24.09.2009 - 15:02 Uhr
Klar, ist eine traurige Geschichte. Aber auch ganz schön naiv diese Karen.
Mr. Arenal
24.09.2009 - 15:19 Uhr
und wieviele Deutsche leben in Mallorca auf der Straße die ebenso naiv sich dort das Paradies erträumten
26.11.2009 - 14:39 Uhr
Zuviel gebaut - Jetzt droht Pleite
26.11.2009 - 20:32 Uhr
das mit dem "bankrot" von dubai habe ich auch gehört...weiß man auch nicht ob man lachen oder weinen soll bei soviel menschlichem "fehlverhalten", um es mal so auszudrücken
es heißt
26.11.2009 - 21:11 Uhr
bankrott und Dubai geht ganz sicher nicht bankrott.
Wienerin in Dubai
22.01.2014 - 14:59 Uhr
Vergewaltigter Studentin droht Zwangsheirat
Mega-Luxus in Dubai
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