I wrote a blog a few months back about not wanting to go to Dubai and I got a few responses that said that I should try my luck as it is land of opportunities. As it was a light piece, I never raised my biggest concern but I think that Arabs are the biggest bigots and most staunch racist people on planet earth and one must avoid them if one can. Some people, especially those who wear their religion on their sleeves (and face, head and ankles) would be offended that their brothers in faith are attacked in such a manner, but it is the truth. Unlike Western democracies, Arab racism is entrenched in law and a non Arab person has no hope for a fair judicial trial if pitted against an Arab. There are racist and bigots in the West, but being racist is generally considered a bad thing and no one would openly flaunt their racism like Arabs do.
During my recent trip to Italy, I had a chance to travel with Arabs. We were waiting at the Venice train station late one night and the minute they would see either a black person or a South Asian (there are lots of South Indians and Bangladeshis in Venice), they would huddle closer and try and hide their bags. I was also implored to hide my purse under my coat as they feared that any suspicious looking man (read black or desi) may snatch it away. When I looked at one particularly suspicious man, he turned out to be an Indian factory worker from Hyderabad in blue overalls, probably going back to his home after a long grueling day (I know it because I went up to him and spoke with him for ten minutes after my argument with the Arabs). When I said that he seems like a harmless man, the girl said, “These people (South Asians) are jealous of Arabs and their wealth and would rob us any chance they get.” Outraged that I was, I said, “In case you have failed to notice, I too am one of these people (South Asian).” To which she said, “But you are my Muslim sister.” I told her point blank that if I have to form an association with anyone, I would rather associate myself with the factory worker from Hyderabad. After all, we share the skin colour, food, history and we both work for a living, something to which Arabs are not really familiar with.
The reason for this tirade of mine is that I just read this article in Guardian where an Iraqi Arab living in UAE proudly said that he will never use the new metro if it’s not segregated and will never sit next to Indians and Pakistanis with their smell. “We need slaves; we need slaves to build monuments. Look who built the pyramids – they were slaves,” he further added.
If anyone has shown such unabashed racism and cruelty to fellow human beings in any other part of the world, they would have been taken to task. If nothing else, they would have been bashed in the media. In Arab wonderland of Dubai, it happens everyday and it is sanctioned by law. They take pride in racism and bigotry and it seems that they are extremely proud of it.
Photo courtesy: The Guardian.
Some more photos were forwarded to me by Tarek Fateh, author of Chasing the Mirage which I am pasting below.