What's the fuss about?
By christophersaul on Nov 18, 2009
There's been a lot of fuss about a recent edition of Oprah that featured an Emirati lady speaking about her life. You can watch is here.
I don't really see what the issue is. A very eloquent lady gave a very positive picture about Dubai. Great PR. I do feel she should have made more of an emphasis on the fact that a lot of the benefits she mentioned were for Emiratis and that expats make up 85% or so of Dubai's residents. She also got her facts a little wrong - I believe local Emiratis get subsidised utilities, rather than getting them for free.\*
As usual, the topic of women's clothing came up and that is what seems to have annoyed people the most. It's probably dangerous for me to dip my toe into the water here, but she mentioned that her style of dressing was cultural rather than specifically mandated by her religion. I think this point is well illustrated by the fact that we see her mother-in-law wearing the metal burka, something that you do not see younger Emirati ladies wearing. Does that not prove her point?
I like Dr Lamees' husband's comments on his clothing. He has a simple, comfy way of dressing that fits every occasion. Noone's complained about what he said.
\* If I understand correctly, everyone's utilities are subsidised, just to different levels depending on whether you are a local or an expat.