“It sends another message to the world that Dubai has a vision like no other place on Earth,” Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem declared last week as he unveiled plans to build the . Again. The tower will be a kilometre high, over 200 storeys, and will trump the half-built Burj Dubai as the tallest building in the world. It will take ten years to built, and 30,000 construction workers.
Those workers are likely to be . Indian and Pakistani workers pay £1000 to agencies to get them jobs in Dubai. They are promised good pay and paid trips home. When they arrive, they find they live 20 men to a room, working 18 hour shifts for $70 a month. They cannot afford to get home.
Dubai is enriching itself on slave labour. It is not a symbol of wealth, luxury and progress. It is a symbol of greed and oppression.