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Why Gulf News? Why?
Gulf News shows its true colors.
December 30, 2009 10:48 by kippreport
Kipp was trawling Dubai Media Observer, a blog on the media industry in the UAE, and came across an entry regarding an article in Gulf News titled Readers express pride at news of support funds for Dubai. Underneath the headline is an abstract that seems to be written by the editor. It read: “Emphasise country’s structure as a federation with different emirates that cooperate and help each other for the common good.”
The article is the usual fluff you’d imagine from a newspaper that toes the line, complete with quotes like this: “People forget that this is the UAE – the United Arab Emirates. Dubai is part of a federation and people should realise that financial problems happen in every part of the world.”
There’s a reason why people forget it. Each emirate has its own real estate laws and its own visa processing system (among others). Until recently, if you got a visa to travel to Sharjah, you couldn’t leave the country from Dubai, because your visa was issued in Sharjah.
A word of advice: if you’re going to have an agenda, at least pretend that you don’t.