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Tower of love?

Tower of love?

You can’t get any cornier than this.


January 11, 2010 2:06 by

One half of Kipp (the better half) was away this week, so we weren’t in Dubai over the weekend when XPRESS dropped this bomb: Burj Khalifa: Tower of love.

Tower. Of. Love. It’s sickening.

And by the way, the paper published a photo of the newly engaged couple in an embrace, which is against the emirate’s law. Don’t get us wrong, we aren’t prudes at Kipp, and we’re perfectly happy to see couples in love. What we don’t like is consistency: if you’re going to fry the British couple who had legitimate reasons to seek the police’s help because they breached the nation’s moral code, then fry this couple for the being affectionate in public, because that’s also against the law. And by the way (and Kipp hates to point this out) but we’re pretty sure the engaged couple isn’t staying in separate rooms.

If the emirate is prosecuting the British couple who went to police after the woman got raped, hanging them dry for having illegal sex and consuming alcohol, surely this couple should be in a similar heap of trouble. Right?

But it wouldn’t look good to have the tower of love couple imprisoned for public displays of affection, would it?

How about the emirate does away with these laws altogether, and accepts the fact that in spite of the local traditions and moral code, maintaining a good profile abroad and getting tourism numbers up is more important. Because whichever way you look at it, the British couple currently languishing in jail shouldn’t be there, and the German couple who turned Burj Khalifa into the Tower of love should be able to enjoy a vacation in Dubai, without worrying if the police will be breaking down their hotel door tonight.

It’s a wonder that tourists continue to visit Dubai.


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  1. Miss Anne Thropic on January 11, 2010 3:34 pm

    I hope the happy couple didn’t try and celebrate with a drink or two at The Address, Dubai Marina…

  2. Tag wook on January 12, 2010 9:18 am

    Surprise of surprise, I thought the law for punishment only applies if he his is a Asian, how come the authorities acted on white skin. Somewhere something has gone wrong. This needs to looked into immediately/


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