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February 4, 2009 12:00 by


  1. Moira on February 4, 2009 9:07 am

    The issue of Govt owned businesses, in terms that many companies are owned by the Govertment, hence Dubai is first and foremost a commecial city with it’s own body who is competeing with the commercial sector, and brings into a clear view that there is a serious and erronous attitude which is prevalent in Dubai. Irrespective of whether payments are being withheld in the construction or professional services it is detrimental to the stability of the country’s growth and citiy’s credibility. I have may friends who have businesses here and they are struggling due to as the article outlines payments are not being made. Where is the leadership to take a stand and ensure that Government is not spending millions on silly, sorry to say it but DSF, fireworks and the likes, money that could have been better used – pay the companies that are on the brink of bankrupcy. Be BOLD. The only people making money and are being paid at the moment are the lawyers who have beefedup on the number of available associates in the city,…

  2. LOVI2 on February 4, 2009 10:17 am

    UAE is know for its global image but it is quite starnage that European earning higher than other nationalities in this region. It would be nice to see an Arab country like UAE supporting it Arab expat workers or even treat the other nationalities with equal income. I think It is not a difficult step to issue such a regulation.
    Well, it is not fair that Asian workers are getting the lowest rates. If we investigate their educational backgraound I think most of them are very well educated and they are the most brilliant workers and so organised. It is a shame that wrokeres like them would leave the country like a UAE and migrate to another. At least the salary issue could be an attractive package to offer them rather than puting them in the lowest level. I don’t think this is fair.

  3. Ahmed Siddiqui on February 4, 2009 12:44 pm

    What amazes me is that a man could strap 2 live pigeons around his legs and travel through Dubai Airport without being nabbed !! Which shows how extremely passenger friendly Dubai is…… Has anyone tried boarding a flight with a live camel strapped onto his back ?

  4. Ahmed Siddiqui on February 4, 2009 12:48 pm

    Why are sewage tanker companies fined Dhs 100,000 for illegal load dumping into flood water drains ? Shouldn’t a 1 Billion dollar fine be levied on the Government Agenty that thought a single sewage treatment plant was sufficient for a 4.5 million population ?

  5. Richard on February 4, 2009 12:49 pm

    I fully agree with LOVI2.

  6. john on February 4, 2009 1:29 pm

    There are several reasons
    1. They know how and when to use the caps lock
    2. They can spell
    3. In the main they are educated

    As for Asians being “Brilliant” workers that is just laughable

  7. Van on February 4, 2009 1:52 pm

    Hmm, another bigot to add to the statistic.

  8. Fanatic on February 4, 2009 2:01 pm

    Dear Mr. John,

    I would like to tell you that there’s nothing laughable becoz u know there are thousands of Brilliant workers among the asians who are much efficient than any others. This is very clear that they are exploited on racial basis.Using or not using a caps lock should not be guage to judge their abilities.
    However , I don’t say that europeans should be paid lower but at the same time the distribution of income should be as even as possible.

  9. bel on February 4, 2009 2:48 pm

    I agree with Lovi2 and fanatic..its not only the basis that because you can write and speak english straight means that you are well educated. Remember, they can speak fluently but they know less…so stop discriminating other nationalities.

  10. Vasudeva on February 4, 2009 3:20 pm

    Yes. The attitude of government owned or linked companies is extremely bossy and in contravention of fair practices. Look at what is happening at DP WOrld and the maritime sector for eg. The smaller companies are being bullied on all counts and DP world uses strongarm tactics to mop up all available business opportunities by setting up new unfair rules everyday leaving smaller companies floundering.
    As for Asian Workers being brilliant at their work… i don’t doubt it. So what if they cannot speak English the way that you do… after all it is NOT their native language. But in this day and age, condescension on the grounds of being able to speak or not speak English does not count for your ability as a person to execute WORK! So MR. John BIGOT… Wake up and see the world from a fresh perspective… for christ’s sake a Black man has taken over the White house and I am ASIAN and proud of it… and I am certainly no less brilliant than you or any other nationality. Considering that you had yet to learn the basics of hygiene when my ancestors had built elaborate cities and even revealed the structure of the atom 5000 years ago! ..
    If at all the world’s present state of affairs is all the handiwork of your ilk.

  11. james on February 4, 2009 4:22 pm

    Before everyone gets wound up and defensive let’s just consider what these figures actually mean. The report does not show that different nationalities are always paid differently for the same job level, (although I am sure this does happen). It simply shows that on average Europeans earn more than other nationalities.

    It is far more likely that the majority of this difference is explained by the fact that Europeans and those from strong economies are attracted to and accept relatively higher paid jobs. This is generally because of the relative salaries at home. The salaries for similar positions are much higher in Europe than Asia or most of the Middle East – and to make it worthwhile leaving home and coming here, you would need to earn more than you can at home -it stands to reason.

    A European is not going to come here to work as a labourer for example, because they can earn much more at home than the market rate for a labourer here. This means that there are relatively less Europeans working in lower paid positions. But it does not mean that any European working as a labourer here would necessarily get paid any more.

    It is simply the basic difference between relative home salaries that is fundamentally to play here and that is significantly skewing the figures.

  12. Sanjay Narula on February 5, 2009 12:21 am


    The only asian workers you have come across must be ones who do the work you (might) consider as dirty.

    It seems that you are under the impression that ‘knowing how to type’ is being educated.

    Just google and find out students from which part of the world win accolades in spelling competitions.

    Send me your email ID and i will forward to you written bloopers made by native english (educated) persons.

    Finally, please keep your biases and prejuidices to yourself , no point of making a fool in public.

  13. Syed T Hussain on February 7, 2009 11:31 am

    How the West was won!!! This saga continues in this part of the world in this century …its never ending story for gentlemen like John & Jack & Jill………….

  14. JAVED on February 16, 2009 4:59 pm

    This very impartial variation brought UAE A STANGE FINANCIAL CRISES. IF this practice will continue in future there will be lot more to experience for UAE



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