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Capitalism, the Dubai way…

Posted by vmsalama on February 23, 2008

Just back to Abu Dhabi after spending 2 days in Dubai.  Spent a few hours strolling around the colossal Mall of the Emirates which, for those who don’t know, actually has an indoor ski resort.  Stand in one spot and you see a Seattle Coffee, Starbucks, Gap and French Connection — each place backed with blonde-haired foreigners speaking nearly half a dozen languages.  You can easily forget that you are in the Arab world…. that is, until prayer time.  I was absolutely flabbergasted when, without warning, the call to prayer echoed through the mall on internal loudspeakers…. just when it was starting to feel like Kansas.





One Response to “Capitalism, the Dubai way…”

  1. A. said

    Well, you should have seen the total shut-down of Dubai for a week, officially, and two weeks in reality, when the founding sheikh and the emir passed away.

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