On Du-BAN-i, the new Gulf Emirate formerly known as Dubai. The party is over

Can’t stay away from the news these days, can you? A friend sends me a message forwarded to her from Dubai. She looked into moving down there as a Retail Manager for a fashion house down there, but the conditions where apocalyptic, lucky enough she had her father’s employer’s legal department have a closer look to the contract and decided to pull out at the last minute.

DuBANi

However, a staff member of hers at the time, decided to go easy and move from Supervisor in London to Store Manager in Dubai. Apparently it has been a gross mistake, they pay in advance your rent and utility bills, flights in business class to Paris for training that are great to make your friends back home envious, but if you decide to quit before the 12/18 month contract expires, you have to pay everything back, or face imprisonment. She calls UK in tears every night. She could just go, but her family lives in Doha, and that would ban her of ever going back to the Gulf.

At least, my Italian friend pulled out when she was told she had to surrender her passport until the end of the contract, literally living in a sand and sun prison.

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On European fuel prices and the lessons that OPEC countries can learn from Norway (II)

Am I missing something ? Hugo uses his petro dollars to fuel his socialist Bolivarian agenda.

I felt that Alfie’s comment demanded further discussion.

True, Chaves fuels Bolivarian agendas -whatever that may mean- like Arab Sheiks use their petro dollars to increase their camel collection, and UAE pays for expensive medical health abroad for its citizens instead of nurturing local education and medicine.

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