Saturday, August 21, 2010

Dubai’s dark side

by Doug Bandow

The Daily Caller
August 20, 2010

The city of Dubai has become a major Middle Eastern commercial center. It also has been called the Middle East’s “shopping capital.”

Moreover, the emirate is one of the world’s great transit points. Its airport is a grand melting pot, with passengers heading to South Asia, Europe, East Asia, Africa, and America. I recently passed through on my way to and from Afghanistan.

Dubai also offers a comfortable exile for foreigners fearful of the future of their own nations. Many influential Afghans are thought to have moved their families to Dubai. Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater, now called Xe, recently relocated there. The city seems to have everything that a wealthy expatriate could want.


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