Dubai Expo 2020 part 2
|Burj Khalifa the worlds tallest advertising billboard|
|cool raptor birds one of many pedestrian hazards|
|Tubes of bleak roe & sour cream from our space week menu|
|Even I take them "but just to fit in"|
|The, your opinions are irrelevant reminder|
On the 2nd of December we celebrated the UAE's national day 50 years of consolidation between the local Emirates, we had 300 000 visitors at the expo with all the imaginable prearranged pomp and festivities. One part of the festivities that was thought provoking was how many of the immigrant population seemed to be 100% behind the national day celebration. So many flag wavers and proud nationalists have I never seen at any other countries national day celebration. My thoughts went to these immigrants and how I perceive that many of their arrivals and first footsteps in the country were, we hear of irregularities and almost work camp experiences that many of these flag wavers must have experienced upon their arrival.
Arabic and expats:
There are many expats here, these immigrants can be grouped in different groups as well, the labourers, the workers, the administrators, the expats the muslims, the Arabic speakers & those who are open for the language. all of these different groups have different challenges, ambitions and possibilities of success in this the land of opportunities. Many of these low wage immigrants are running the treadmill from day one with years of depts owed to their transport and work sponsors, load on top of this the wage % they sent home to support their families and you quickly realise they're here for the long run with no way out, weather they like it or not. Some of these can be Arabic speakers this may improve their chances to move ahead and climb the refuge pile.
|builders compound, down town Dubai|
Educated immigrants slott often in as workers and administrators into this mélanger, fitting into the middle class is the goal, getting established creating careers and making opportunities for their families and children.
Dubai is full of expats from everywhere all driven by their individual entrepreneurial drive, chance taking or working on short and long term ambitious career steps, again some of these are Arabic speakers this offers these extra networking possibilities, many expats make do with the languages they already have and don't bother so much with learning Arabic, in some ways I feel that the money driven expat group rely too much on the fact that locals command of English is so good and ignore the benefits on building the cultural understanding that comes from learning the language.
This is also true with the lower echelons of the work force, some of the chefs I'm working with have been here 10 years with only a handful of Arabic words, this attitude limits the experience that the lower end of the work force can amass during their stay here. After all an expat living for 15 years or so in a foreign European country and not learning the language, can't really expect to be very successful? After 3 months I've come to the conclusion that it's a control thing,
"give them whatever to make us great and use the language barrier to keep them isolated & ignorant".