Instant City: Dubai’s Social Disintegration
The development of Dubai had resulted in the segregation of classes, mostly between local Arabs and immigrants who forms the majority of workforce in the real estate development. The image as portrayed by Dubai as a land for millionaires represents the locals while the hidden image of poverty are represented by the poor. Issues like this is what the Dubai government is constantly covering and ignoring through efforts such as not mapping out the poor regions on maps while constantly focusing on its prime area and loose laws and poor human rights practice towards the poor.
This constant ignorance and development in the city would only lead to the increase in the numbers of labor camps that would create a contradicting image of the city. The questions that arises right now would be how labor camps continue to grow with this constant state of development in the city? Would the continuous development of the city only lead to increase number of labor camps? Would Dubai become the next India or Rio de Janeiro where the huge gap between the rich and poor is at obvious?
The diagram below shows both map produced by the government to show the future of its city and mapping of current labor camps with potential labor sites that suggest the future growth pattern of the camps.
- Tai Nicholas Han Vern, The University of Hong Kong, 2015
- Google Earth Pro, 2015
- Dubai Municipality, Dubai’s Future Planning, 2003, https://www.google.com.hk/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwiPxr3Svt_JAhUJGJQKHYppAQIQjRwIBw&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rudi.net%2Fnode%2F17346&psig=AFQjCNGfAC_whINzzdchbytBIJVV-d-OTw&ust=1450324584312140, accessed in 7th December 2015
Image Reference: Grace, Dubai Street Cleaner, 2012, http://sandierpastures.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/photo30-e1331108320317-410×550.jpg, Accessed on 16th December 2015.
Although Dubai is seen as one of the most developed nation in the world, the segregation between the rich and the poor is obvious for those who are observant enough. With no direct communication between the lower class (mostly workers that contribute in maintaining both private and public properties like cleaners and contractors), visitors to the city would have no clue on the actual situation. It seems that the efforts of the government so far has been a successful one, but how long will it take for people to realize of what is hidden behind all these lavish lifestyle.