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Dubai was meant to be a Middle-Eastern Shangri-La, a glittering monument to Arab enterprise and western capitalism. But as hard times arrive in the city state that rose from the desert sands, an uglier story is emerging. Johann Hari reports

The wide, smiling face of Sheikh Mohammed – the absolute ruler of Dubai – beams down on his creation. His image is displayed on every other building, sandwiched between the more familiar corporate rictuses of Ronald McDonald and Colonel Sanders. This man has sold Dubai to the world as the city of One Thousand and One Arabian Lights, a Shangri-La in the Middle East insulated from the dust-storms blasting across the region. He dominates the Manhattan-manqué skyline, beaming out from row after row of glass pyramids and hotels smelted into the shape of piles of golden coins. And there he stands on the tallest building in the world – a skinny spike, jabbing farther into the sky than any other human construction in history.

But something has flickered in Sheikh Mohammed's smile. The ubiquitous cranes have paused on the skyline, as if stuck in time. There are countless buildings half-finished, seemingly abandoned. In the swankiest new constructions – like the vast Atlantis hotel, a giant pink castle built in 1,000 days for $1.5bn on its own artificial island – where rainwater is leaking from the ceilings and the tiles are falling off the roof. This Neverland was built on the Never-Never – and now the cracks are beginning to show. Suddenly it looks less like Manhattan in the sun than Iceland in the desert.

Once the manic burst of building has stopped and the whirlwind has slowed, the secrets of Dubai are slowly seeping out. This is a city built from nothing in just a few wild decades on credit and ecocide, suppression and slavery. Dubai is a living metal metaphor for the neo-liberal globalised world that may be crashing – at last – into history.

I. An Adult Disneyland

Karen Andrews can't speak. Every time she starts to tell her story, she puts her head down and crumples. She is slim and angular and has the faded radiance of the once-rich, even though her clothes are as creased as her forehead. I find her in the car park of one of Dubai's finest international hotels, where she is living, in her Range Rover. She has been sleeping here for months, thanks to the kindness of the Bangladeshi car park attendants who don't have the heart to move her on. This is not where she thoughPost too long. Click here to view the full text.
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"Qatari laws target pregnant migrant workers" (News Source: DW News) http://p.dw.com/p/2fFgz
Low-skilled migrant women in Qatar are being imprisoned for being pregnant outside of wedlock because of "zina" laws that criminalize sex outside of a legal marriage. Ana P. Santos reports from Doha.


"Using middle finger emoji in UAE: A crime that could land you in court" (News Source: Hack Read) https://www.hackread.com/middle-finger-emoji-uae-crime/

"Be prepared for jail time if you post fake news on social media in Saudi Arabia" (News Source: Hack Read) https://www.hackread.com/saudi-araba-jail-for-fake-news/


"Saudi Arabia is reportedly planning a colossal engineering project just to annoy its neighbor" [Qatar] (News Source: IFLScience) http://www.iflscience.com/technology/saudi-arabia-is-reportedly-planning-a-colossal-engineering-project-just-to-annoy-its-neighbor/

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I left the Philippines on July 2014 to go to Singapore. My agenda? To look for a better job. Someone already warned that finding a job in Singapore is like looking for a tiny, microscopic needle in a haystack. But I shrugged it off. How the heck will I know if I’ll never try? I don’t want to have any regrets someday for not even trying. Besides, I can always use a magnet to find that elusive needle.

Some people called me a fool or stupid for what I did. I can’t blame them. I have a stable job, driving a Mitsubishi Mirage, living on my own condo unit in Pasig. But I decided to do something crazy by leaving those privileges behind. Even if that means I’ll be jobless, and probably penniless, for months. Or years perhaps.

I'm clueless what will life be ahead of me. It’s like blindfolding myself then figuring my way out in a labyrinth. Or putting my neck on a noose then jump off the cliff. Or slashing my own throat. Whatever, you get the drift.

My two week stay in Singapore was critical because, as what others already warned, it’s hard to find a job because of their policy on hiring foreigners. I can hear my “critics” say, ayan, ang tigas kasi ng ulo mo. Apparently, the magnet is not enough to find that needle in the haystack. Or maybe I need a bigger magnet.

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sabi nga, we should learn something from everything we do. it's no small feat to be on your own, in a foreign land to boot, with no assurance of where you're going and what you'll be doing. you have grown more matured and you learned how far can you go to follow your dream. there will always be someone who would belittle you or put you down but if you believe in what you do, kiber. gora lang ui. because the bottomline here is, you had tried to know what's out there. now, you still don't know yet but deep inside you, you know you are going somewhere. gogogo lang.


great read. lol'd at telepathically killing someone. that said, waiting at airports for four hours aint shit. try sleeping in one for four days. had to do that in chile during a two year backpacking trip….

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India: Fake doctor with tainted syringe accused of infecting dozens with HIV (News Source: DW News) http://p.dw.com/p/2sIDu
Police in northern India arrested a "quack" accused of infecting dozens of people with HIV by reusing a syringe. The case is the latest to expose India's crippled public health care system.

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I'm doing this for my son


For my sick daughter


"How recruitment agencies deceive Philippine workers" "The Philippine workers are desperate to leave the country, willing to pay a high price to wager a chance at a better life abroad. But it is not easy to achieve, and the stakes are high. Ana P. Santos reports from Manila." (News Source: Deutsche Welle) http://dw.com/p/1JmnF


"Warning on fake POEA Facebook pages" (News Advisory from POEA) http://www.poea.gov.ph/news/2017/PR_July%202017_fake%20FB%20accounts.pdf

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Provide job vacancies in United Arab Emirates and other Gulf countries like Oman, Saudi, Bahrain and Kuwait. http://hiringuae.com

Provide job vacancies in Dubai UAE. http://www.hiringdubai.com

No.1 Job provider in UAE. http://uae-careers.blogspot.com

Raketera Jobs - Pinas and foreign job portal, Jobs in Philippines, UAE, Canada, Korea and Japan. https://raketera.com

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Google OFW ad


To: Overseas Filipinos who live abroad and have bank accounts in the Philippines.
Sorry, this Philippine news video is in Tagalog.


"Customers lose money, Filipino owner of Canada remit biz at large"


"Husband-wife team implicated in sweepstakes fraud were on Dragons’ Den" https://www.biv.com/article/2017/2/husband-wife-team-implicated-sweepstakes-fraud-wer/

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Increase your chance to get that promotion by improving your professional look.

The famous quote says do not judge the book by it's cover but sadly whether we like it or not we are judged by our physical appearance first before our personality.

Read More: http://www.imageconsultantphilippines.com/blog/increase-your-chance-of-getting-that-promotion-improve-your-professional-look

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You came home one day after a few years of living abroad. After the welcome hugs came the comments of who you've become now that you're back from another land.The person who spent time away will always be measured against those who stayed put, who are only eager to volunteer their observations. Here are some of the common ones:

1) "Iba ka na, nagbago ka na." (You're different now, you've changed.)

At first, you're put on the defensive. This is your old barkada you're talking to, and you know that deep inside you're still the same.

But it's true. You have changed. How can you not when you've spent a few thousand days and nights inhaling a different culture and speaking a different language? Uprooted from family and your own culture, you've learned to adapt and assimilate, losing some habits and gaining new ones. Of course you can't be exactly the way you were before you left.

You've toughened up. At first you whined about missing your country until you realized that there was no one to whine to. Then you stopped whining, thinking that if you didn't speak it, your longing must not be true. After that you could only build on that sadness and make a life of your own.

2) "Ang yabang mo na." (You're a braggart now.)

Last month, the pop star Charice felt that she was not as appreciated by her fellow Filipinos the way she is abroad.

"Napapagkamalan akong mayabang. Dahil ba nakatungtong [ako] ng ibang bansa?" ("They've mistaken me for a braggart. Is it because I've been to another country?")
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