Dubai: Expectation vs reality - BBC News

  • Published on Jul 30, 2019
  • Dubai - perhaps the best known city of the United Arab Emirates, with a reputation for attracting the glamorous and the wealthy.
    But what's going on beneath the surface? The BBC's Frank Gardner explains how not everything is as it seems.
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  • Julia Jones
    Julia Jones 23 hours ago

    Never go to a place where you don't have freedom of expression. That's called a dictature and should be boycotted !

  • Michael Lockington

    Moved here from NZ in 2019, its not too bad. It is what you make of it.

  • BENEDICT Adedeji

  • BENEDICT Adedeji

  • Jake Pajor
    Jake Pajor 2 days ago

    Before I even think of going to Dubai they need to fix there politics first, because it’s backwards there. It’s like how America was in the 1950s.

  • Numb reformer
    Numb reformer 2 days ago +1

    People usually see the boisterous side of Dubai....But the real Dubai is completely different...As a person who is born and brought up in a middle class Indian family of Dubai..I know what is the real working class dubai..If you wanna experience that then go to area's like Satwa, International city,Ajman,Sharjah etc.... you'll see the other side of Dubai

  • Wade Cahill
    Wade Cahill 4 days ago

    Thank you for this video ,I appreciate the honesty however dubai is too artificial and their judicial system is biased towards their own people ,I'll stick with Australia any day

  • wozza12341
    wozza12341 4 days ago

    Ill never go there

  • Yours Truly
    Yours Truly 4 days ago

    Now do london or I’ll accuse you of white supremacy you arab hater lol 😂

  • Mo
    Mo 5 days ago +1

    I would prefer to live in the burbs of Toronto or Vancouver then living in Dubai..

  • Supreme 12191
    Supreme 12191 5 days ago

    Too much white people 🤮

  • Timmy Halabalusa
    Timmy Halabalusa 6 days ago

    No freedom of speech, no human rights. If you criticize the government you go to jail and this in 2020 in a 'modern' city. Btw, wheres Latifa (the middle one)?

  • Khan khan
    Khan khan 6 days ago

    Country of fake life


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  • fawad ali
    fawad ali 8 days ago

    I am a civil engineer and looking for a job in uae
    But i still did not get any job
    Here all jobs you get on refrence base and my visit visa is Gona over
    Felling sad

  • Danial Raja
    Danial Raja 8 days ago

    This is ladies and gents why I love New York more than dubai!!!!!

  • Salah Al Deen
    Salah Al Deen 9 days ago

    My neck hurts.

  • Naif Ahmed
    Naif Ahmed 9 days ago +1

    You British and Americans think you’re the best human beings and everything u do and have is perfect while criticising everything ya Arabs do, just mind your own business annoying as hell man

    • Timmy Halabalusa
      Timmy Halabalusa 6 days ago

      They are far from perfect but man at least there are human rights and the right of free speech.

  • Kidzstories
    Kidzstories 9 days ago

    dubia will fall soon.

  • TilerP
    TilerP 10 days ago +21

    1:30 “You got B!TCHES”

    • ferfer7000
      ferfer7000 Day ago

      This is what i heard until i saw the picture

  • G 5
    G 5 11 days ago +1

    The war started watch Breaking News free the prisoners coz UAE is the target as I heard in news guys return to your own country

  • amylondongirl
    amylondongirl 11 days ago

    It's a very boring place, I spent 4 days there, awful. And yes they treat migrant workers, the people who built their country like shit.
    They are obsessed with money and fakery.

  • Amr Soliman
    Amr Soliman 11 days ago +1

    you forgot to say that most of its riches is coming from money laundry from corrupt officials, drug / arm dealers, human traffickers and the list goes on.... Dubai offers the safest place in the world for these criminals and this was well documented in EU investigations. Dubai is the place you would travel to if you want to escape scrutiny...
    All my country's corrupt officials escaped to Dubai after the revolution, and Dubai refused to give any info about them or extradite them back. Just ask where did Bashar AlAssad, the bloodiest dictator in the world, kept all his money and where his family flee to when they felt unsafe.. you guessed it: Freekin Dubai!

  • JIYA in UAE
    JIYA in UAE 12 days ago

    I have never seen homeless in Dubai but I heard there are 🤔

  • ssalooh aalbulushi
    ssalooh aalbulushi 12 days ago

    im emarati and I live in dubai I love my country but I wish we could keep our culture

  • Benedikt 123
    Benedikt 123 12 days ago +1

    Just finally bomb the whole United Arab Emirates! I am from Austria and i am glad to not be born in a poor, islamic country. Islamic is shit. Death to Islam

    JAMES FERNANDEZ 12 days ago +1

    Dubai, the most fake city in the World!
    The place of Tomorrow with the Laws of the Past!

  • Watford Fc
    Watford Fc 13 days ago

    The bbc giving an option lol most vile company in the world

  • Marshawn Lynch
    Marshawn Lynch 13 days ago

    Welp you are definitely ain’t invited to the UAE anymore LMAOOO

  • Sergio Narea
    Sergio Narea 14 days ago

    You have whattt?1?1?1? @1:30

  • Bridget Jones
    Bridget Jones 14 days ago +1

    I am British and lived in Dubai for two years while doing my GCSEs there. The cheap labour force is what the city runs off. Men in blue jumpsuits, who you see working on construction sites all day and doing maintenance around the city, are driven in from the outskirts in crammed white minibuses. I would see them each morning on the school bus. They live in warehouse conditions outside of the city and agencies will often withhold their passports and payment. They are treated like droids in blue uniform, not humans. I remember after the Nepal earthquake/landslides in 2015 our neighbours told us their Nepalese cleaner's Agency would not give up her passport when she asked for it. She had just heard news her village had been destroyed and her 13-year-old daughter's leg was shattered and not receiving medical attention, yet the agency would not let her leave the UAE. Other kids and teachers at my school spoke of similar stories during that time.

    The point about people having a false sense of security is true. In Dubai you are guilty until proven innocent which not many people are aware of. You will not get legal aid before trial so they will lock you up beforehand (subject to solitary and beatings). There was a case of a man and a woman (not married, a point used against them) who shared a taxi home one night and accused their taxi driver of getting lost on purpose to increase the fare. An argument broke out and he drove them to the nearest police station and said to police officers these two people have just had sex in the back of my car. Straight away they were jailed for months before any mention of a trial. I remember because the woman was a geography teacher at one of the schools near me and there were efforts to try and get her freed. My mum said she was freed but don't know what happened to the man.

    Also the reality of luxury sports cars being driven at insane speeds is that the roads are so dangerous! A poor kid was killed instantly after getting off the school bus and being hit by a luxury sports car. A poorly paid staff member took the jail time and the VIP who killed that kid never faced any reprimands.

    Dubai is a police state, it is a very clean place with little violence (publicly on the streets), lots of corruption and bribery and you cannot speak out against anything. It strives to be seen as an ideal image of safety and a place for innovation and yet there is so much darkness/ corruption behind it. (I am not saying there isn't corruption elsewhere in the world but at least you can complain and speak out without fear of being deported or jailed). For those of you who are wise to this already, this comment (long-ass rant) is not for you.

    Edit: I have to say that I was lucky to have some great experiences there too. I also felt safe wandering the streets late at night in my close neighbourhood (as a 14 year old girl) because there is relatively little violence in public which on returning to the UK was completely different and a bit of a shock. Albeit I learnt from a friend that I was actually breaking some sort of curfew I didn't know existed lol oops.

  • -Chairs-
    -Chairs- 17 days ago

    *Dont go to a country where you dont want to follow or agree with their laws and way of life*

  • Kieran
    Kieran 17 days ago +5

    I've no interest in going there... Never did..

    • Kieran
      Kieran 14 days ago

      I'd take the Alps in Switzerland or the fjords of Norway every day, over that fake place..

  • Mo Ji
    Mo Ji 18 days ago

    Emirates support terrorist groups. Boycott emirates. 🛑 for the attacks in Mogadishu they organise. And they support Libyan militias and terrorist groups.

  • Mansoor Junaid K
    Mansoor Junaid K 18 days ago +1

    *these are countries are those who gives religion the upmost priority...human rights,freedom of expression,gender equality etc are considered shit there....*

  • Realistic Man
    Realistic Man 18 days ago

    a country that detain foreigners just because they are transgender is not a good country. I will never ever visit dubai and other muslim based countries. I am not a transgender. Their backward policy sickens me. Why do people even visit this backward and conservative country? Because of tall empty buildings?

  • Karabo Maredi
    Karabo Maredi 18 days ago

    I'm here in visit in Dubai

  • Jamie Johnson
    Jamie Johnson 19 days ago +1

    What a terrible environment. There are such huge levels of inequality

  • Clippa B
    Clippa B 19 days ago

    It looks like a very evil place.

  • Man
    Man 20 days ago +2

    All Arabs are same, holiday is ok but living there with Arabs is nightmare..

    • Tiara
      Tiara 17 days ago

      some Arabs are really nice

    • global jobs
      global jobs 17 days ago

      And how are all Arabs?

  • G 5
    G 5 20 days ago

    Clearly lies news all are in jail broke huge money dept and credit on poor fellows

  • Hasan B.
    Hasan B. 20 days ago +3

    I was supposed to work there for 1 year at least. Couldn't last more than 2 months...

  • Star Wonder
    Star Wonder 20 days ago


  • Maw 3615054
    Maw 3615054 20 days ago +7

    I just got back from Dubai where I was offered 40 camels for my wife,, I usually smoke Marlboro but hey, a deal's a deal!

    • Faizan Rana
      Faizan Rana 9 days ago +1

      I sold mine for 1 camel. Beat that.

  • Ezio Auditore
    Ezio Auditore 21 day ago

    Why all middle eastern rulers look hideous

  • Maira Shareef
    Maira Shareef 21 day ago

    I need a job I have done BBA , I have done internship at Toyota Indus motors and also have certificate for volunteering work from pakola company .... Salary must be 4000 to 6000 AED

  • Josh Nunn
    Josh Nunn 21 day ago

    Morale of the video: don't visit the east

  • Matthew
    Matthew 21 day ago

    Doggy at 3:26 😍

  • Hind Almaqbaly
    Hind Almaqbaly 21 day ago

    here's a thing the only ppl that talk about Dubai are the ppl that live outside of the UAE its not Dubai u dumbass stop saying Dubai it just a city not even the capiatal city

  • Karl Wale
    Karl Wale 21 day ago +1

    Stop going to Dubai for the sake of women's rights everyone must stop it is important world message

  • Crunchy Pancake
    Crunchy Pancake 22 days ago +1

    Why do you have to ruin everything

  • Travelogs
    Travelogs 22 days ago

    Amazing Dubai Marina

  • BENEDICT Adedeji
    BENEDICT Adedeji 23 days ago

  • Desiree Senatore
    Desiree Senatore 23 days ago

    Thanks for saying the true

  • iSverxii
    iSverxii 23 days ago

    You guys just ruin it for other people your British/American always make it seem like other countries are bad. So please it’s just poverty, everywhere has poverty. What a stupid video just to ruin others ways.

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