The dark side of Dubai - Johann Hari, Commentators - The Independent It's a long article but fascinating. They talk about how workers come there from other countries. They have to borrow money to get there and then their passports are taken away and they have to work 16 hours a day, 7 days a week doing construction. Sewage is thrown into the ocean and it is filthy and dangerous to go in. Female workers (maids) from other countries are abused and they do not have to be paid and their employers hold their passports so they can't leave the country. If you go into debt there you can not claim bankruptcy, instead you are taken to jail. It's a horrible place. I would never have wanted to go even when I didn't know how bad it was. They also talk about how oppressively hot it is and how they have no source for water and they have to desalinize ocean water and it costs more for a gallon of that water than a gallon of oil, and how much pollution it costs to make fresh water.