Dubious in Dubai

I stopped over in London for the night on my way from Paris, and then flew the 6 hour flight from London to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

I have never been in the Middle East before, so this is interesting for me… Dubai is certainly not a typical place in the Middle East, by any means, but it is interesting nonetheless for its own reasons.

The flight from London looked like it was going to take us right over Baghdad, but the plane veered to the East just as we got to the Iraq border, likely not allowed to fly in Iraq airspace.

I arrived in Dubai at 9pm on Thursday… I don’t know if this is normal or not, but we were in traffic jams pretty much from 9pm up to even 2am…

The city looks a lot like Las Vegas… without all the glitzy casinos. What I mean is it is very spread out… probably typical of any city built right on the desert… space is not a problem, so they just build things wherever they want…

The weather is insane… I haven’t felt heat like this since when I was in Bangkok once when the temperature hit 49c. I walked two blocks last night around midnight and by the time I got there I was soaking wet. Going outside in the daytime is something I am trying to avoid at all costs!

The city seems VERY modern in terms of its restaurants, nightlife and overall entertainment scene… even more so than most North American cities… I leafed through a Dubai city magazine for this month and pretty much every major performer and/or DJ comes through here…

I visited a few clubs here last night and they were pretty good… Mix at the Grand Hyatt was good… also went to Oxygen and a few others. There is one called Trilogy that everyone tells me I should go to, but it is a 20 minute ride from my hotel so I don’t know if I will or not… plus I need to leave for Bangkok tomorrow morning at 9:40am so I might not even go out tonight.

I was kind of hoping to meet middle eastern people and women while I am here, but the crowds at all the places I have gone to are very international… there seems to be a LOT of Russian, and former Soviet block girls here… I met people last night from Georgia, Latvia… and a fair amount from Pakistan and India… there are also quite a few asian people here… quite an interesting mix… but I only met one person actually from Dubai last night and she was blonde and looked Russian…

So where are all the Dubaians? Well, I have seen tons of women (at least I think they are women) wearing head to toe black robes with nothing but an eye slit (not even a slit to breathe?!)… they are actually walking around in this heat wearing that. Religious oppression can be very brutal, especially to women who have been on the short end of the stick of most religions (always run by men of course) for a long period of time. And if you think it is limited to islam, think again… Catholicism, in one of the most evil things I know of, spent most of its crusades and the last 2,000 years trying to cover up the fact that Jesus was married and had a pregnant wife… they rewrote the entire religion to oppress women… including things like making Eve the bad guy (girl) who sinned and ate the apple of knowledge… all of this was to repress women… if you are a woman and are a believer in any major religion I urge you to look into the history of your religion and, like Public Enemy, to fight the power. IMO, all organized religion is evil… but if you are going to be a member of it, get educated.

Anyway, that’s that for now…

Next report likely to come from Bangkok.