Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Scenario Dubai 2020

Imagine this scenario by Guy Wilkinson which appeared in the September issue of Hotelier Middle East magazine. Unfortunately I could not find any link to it on the ITP website.

I was invited for a drink at one of those quaint three-star beach hotels along the strip at the Waterfront a few nights ago, and I couldn't find a single person who spoke Arindi. Everyone was speaking Italian! Don't you find that a bit odd, especially as the UAE now has its own official language that tourists are encouraged to learn? My friend was only in RAK for a week, but he could say 'yom tikke' as well as anyone.

The thing is that all these charter flights coming in through World Central for the theme parks and beach districts are creating little neighborhoods where you just have to speak the local lingo to get along. I guess you could say it started with the Chinese community at International City, but now it's like the United Nations.
This one is really scary.
And then they passed the law allowing street restaurants and bars to be licensed. Newcomers to our industry may not know that there was a time when hotels were the only places you could get a drink and catch a live band. Now you see them everywhere.
Although this is just a scenario, but the way things are moving forward, I am afraid this will become a reality soon. Yes tourism has become one of the main source of our income, but is this money worth risking our cultural & religious identity?

26 comments:

BuJ said...

Ahlan wa sahlan DG fil mawqe3.. 7ayaak 7ayaak :)

DG said...

Thank you brother for the warm welcome :-)

Sleepless In Muscat said...

dg: sadly, this is the situation that every country would have to tolerate to have a serious flourishing tourism industry..

and what's even worse that people have no say about accepting or denying it.

the decision is made on their behalf..

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

Dg what is Arindi?

Hesham said...

Hi: I would also like to join this community if possibel?

hesham.amiri@gmail.com

DG said...

Sleepless in Muscat: I fully agree with you brother. May Allah guide us & our rulers to His right path. May Allah help them make the right decisions for their people.

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira: Well, this term was in the article. I think it refers to a mixture of Arabic & Hindi just like "Hinglish" (mixture of Hindi & English) & "Cinglish" (mixture of Chinese & English).

DG said...

Hesham: BuJ is the big boss here :-)

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

Aha, thanks.

BuJ said...

Salam Hesham,

I've just sent you an invite. Apologies for any delay.
Please let me know if you have any problems.

Ahlan wa sahlan :)

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