I Can’t remember ever feeling so excited about visiting a city as I did recently in revisiting Dubai some three years after my first visit. This time though I had brought more time with me & instead of hanging out at one of the city’s many modern, luxurious & expensive hotels I opted to live with 2 families booked through Airbnb. My first impression of Dubai three years on was one of maturity with many details such as landscaping & unfinished construction projects being finalized. One thing that struck me instantly was the massive increase in traffic not to mention a larger population living in the inner city, this being most notable whilst travelling with the Metro.
It is said that 85% of Dubai’s population are guest workers & this could well be true judging by the multicultural presence at the airport, hotel staff, transport workers & generally in all aspects of the city’s infrastructure. Without these people from as far afield as Bangladesh, Nepal, India & Sri Lanka Dubai wouldn’t be half that what it is today. The city would grind to a halt without these people. You will never see locals working on construction sites or as taxi drivers or running a grocery shop, they run the country from governmental institutions, commerce & from the financial sector. The difference in wealth is also very apparent, whereby the ultra rich enjoy the luxury life with large, extravagant houses, non-stop parties & fast cars, there are others at the other end of the scale trying to make ends meet by sharing a single room with 6 or 7 others working 12 hour shifts up to 7 days a week just to be able to send a little money back to support their families at home.