The Dubai Con-Job

“The thing you have to understand about Dubai is – nothing is what it seems,” Karen says at last. “Nothing. This isn’t a city, it’s a con-job. They lure you in telling you it’s one thing – a modern kind of place – but beneath the surface it’s a medieval dictatorship.”: “In Saudi, it’s hard to be straight when you’re young. The women are shut away so everyone has gay sex. But they only want to have sex with boys – 15- to 21-year-olds. I’m 27, so I’m too old now. I need to find real gays, so this is the best place. All Arab gays want to live in Dubai.”

(via siege)

Author: range

I'm mathematician/IT strategist/blogger from Canada living in Taipei.

3 thoughts on “The Dubai Con-Job”

  1. It sounds as if the article you are quoting was plagiarized from interviews that The Atlantic did on the subject about one-and-a-half-years-ago. Now that would be worthy of research as well. The original Atlantic article (which I read which diligently, and remember quite well, too) was good.

  2. Seriously, though, the article I read in the Atlantic said the same thing about being gay in Saudi Arabia. It seems like a bizarre and terrible cultural situation, where everybody has to lie about reality, and no one is exempt from this situation – and yet it is paradoxically almost easier to be gay there. I wouldn’t want to be raised there, that’s for sure!

  3. This is a great article. I saved in PDF form to use in classes. Dubai has always been portrayed as this great place to be and to make lots of money, but honestly, I definitely don’t want to work there.

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