Day 4 - May 5th 2009
05.05.2009 30 °C
After a lazy morning we made our way to Dubai International Airport in a Chauffeur driven Lexus (yeah, yeah). We couldn’t help but start to feel a little sorry for Dubai as we headed out. What they have tried to build is truly unique and quite bold to say the least. Dubai was an extreme example of the old meeting the new. Pre and post oil if you will. The immense elaborate structures were amazing but the effect of the global economic downturn could cripple the realisation of their dream. They took incredible risks and lets hope they can complete what they set out to achieve.
The influx of help from the subcontinent unfortunately does not compliment the dream of creating a tourist haven comparable to no other. We found that money took precedence over all else with the imported help. Genuine warmth and basic hospitality was absent from any form of service provided unless you were in the exclusive spots but boy did they make you pay for that. The locals we encountered were a pleasure to deal with.