Living in Dubai, which is officially by recent statistics one of the most expensive cities in the world, is truly a unique experience. And unique in both senses of the word, good and bad, positive and negative. This city has been developing in a rocket speed, but seemingly this rapid development is a double-edged sword. Every single day, hundreds of Indian and South Asian construction workers are being brought in the city that it is gradually becoming an Indian colony, the only difference is the Indians have not militarized Dubai. Even the other emirates which are trying hard to catch on Dubai's "achievements" will also be in dire need of such workers. Nonetheless, even though the Indians are the "actual builders" of Dubai's giant real estate projects, they are the least class of workers to get paid well. An Indian construction worker, who is spending God knows how many hours in the worst conditions and under the killing heat, is in many cases not getting half the salary of a usual office administrator. Alas, billions are being announced for on a daily basis in terms of giant towers shooting to the skies, but the only pennies are getting wasted on those poor Indians and the like.
On a side note, and speaking of the billions that a normal mind cannot fathom being spent on such projects, it is very interesting to see that only a fraction of these piles of dollars are considered for developing the Arab mind. Although there are a few scholarship plans that take care of that topic here and there, we still need some very serious initiatives to be started in cooperations with reputable Arab and Western organizations and universities. We really need to exert some honest and serious effort in that field and catch the rest of the world in terms of getting our Arab youngsters to "think, evolve, and act" as the slogan of a liberal American college says.