August 06, 2006
In the UAE, even poor people are rich
As long as they are Emirati of course:
Dubai: The municipality has finalised designs for 10 residential complexes which will cater to low-income UAE nationals.
Abdul Rahman Sifai, Director of the Government Housing Department at the municipality, said it was the first time that apartment blocks were to be built for nationals.
Almost all Emirati families live in villas.
All apartments in these buildings will consist of three or four bedrooms, a servant's room and a store. Each complex will have a library and children's playground. To serve residents in both areas, there will be a mosque, a commercial complex and landscaping works.
Ah, those poor, poor Emiratis.
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Oh great one!
Posted by: secretdubai at August 7, 2006 06:42 PM
Ah, but what will the locals call this new development? Perhaps borrow some N. American slang?
The projects? The hood?
Dubai Ghetto City?
Posted by: eerie at August 8, 2006 11:01 PM
I think it is ironic to see those low cost building built next to modern high rise buildings... so the Emiratis live in low cost building while the residents live in the high tech modern buildings.
The Emirates is a rich country and the govt. can allow every Emirati to live a very comfortable life so why not? is it a sin now?
isn't it enough Emiratis are becoming extinct in their own country?
Posted by: Emirati at August 18, 2006 06:44 PM
Everything is relative - I've seen some projects in NYC that I wouldn't have minded living in, and people in many third world cities would be aghast to see that the American "poor" live in proper buildings and have televisions. I suppose it's understandable that wealthy emiratis should shake their heads pityingly at the "low-income" housing described above.
The patriotic Emirati above is welcome to get off his coddled rear and go live in a workers dormitory and do manual labour for hours in the hot sun if he's so worried about emiratis becoming extinct in their own country.
Posted by: SP at August 19, 2006 04:49 AM