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A Day in the Life of a Japanese Alcopop [May. 14th, 2006|11:09 pm]
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Inspired by s1m0n, here is a page out of my life! Her 'DITL' post is kinda cooler than mine, but here goes. My day started when I woke up at 11:00 p.m. for a 3:15 a.m. departure.


[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2006-05-20 03:45 am (UTC)
It was definitely bigotry. Great Britain (whose company owned the U.S. ports in the first place) has had more terrorism incidents (and from 'inside') than Dubai; Emiratis were not going to replace the workers already holding jobs in the U.S. ports; and Dubai was in a position to provide a whole lot more funding for issues like security after winning that bidding war. So I feel the controversy had more to do with what was happening in D.C., than with Dubai.

As for rights here in Dubai, there are of course separate courts, and non-Muslims aren't tried in Shariah courts (to my knowledge - correct me if I'm wrong) so there is a separation there. But when it comes to insignificant issues (clothes, drinking) the rights are the same for everybody. We all have to register for a license to buy booze at the store, but Muslims can register as well as people of other faiths. (Many people don't know this.) There are a gazillion bars, and anybody old enough will be served, even if his clothes are religious. LOTS of my coworkers are Muslim women, and they certainly don't wear a hijab to fly.

On the other side of that coin are men who won't drink in Dubai because it's a small town and they don't want to be seen doing it. A guy on my flight yesterday, wearing a dish-dash and sitting behind a sheikh, kept pointing at the wine menu and saying, "HOT COFFEE!" So I had to bring him wine in a coffee cup. Then there are lots of women who wear the albaya, sheila, and everything even though the don't have to, but it is their personal choice.

And of course, anybody can wear a cross or buddha or Hindu god on their clothing or jewelry, or paint their goddess or whoever on their car. We just aren't allowed to preach on the corner and hand out Bibles. But the royal family donated a bunch of land to build all kinds of churches on.
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From: doc_cathode
2006-05-20 04:27 am (UTC)
Go royal family!
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