Abu Dhabi, the capital of The United Arab Emirates, a lesser known “big brother“ of Dubai. While Dubai is known as the city that never sleeps with top sites and scenes, Abu Dhabi is where the real power of the country lies. Not only as the place where the president resides, but also a center of the economy. One of the richest in the world, with such strict laws, you would say that the No1. elected city in the world for the lowest crime rate would be as safe as they say it is..but is it? Harsh penalties are installed to prevent anything spoiling this so called heaven, but does it have it’s dark side? With penalties as harsh as they are, you would say no one even dares not to comply with them, considering that punishments vary from prison to even stoning. Yeah, you read it right..stoning to death for not complying to some of countries laws. There is a big difference between the law and it’s implementation, and as you can see, in some, UAE fail to do so.
Theoretically, prostitution is prohibited in UAE, but actually it is really common, especially in Abu Dhabi. The area’s daytime pedestrian traffic of residents and shoppatrons around Abu Dhabi’s oldest mall is gradually replaced by “ladies of the night” and their potential customers. Residents and shopkeepers said that, despite regular police raids, the continued presence of these women discouraged people from walking in the area at night. Merchants said the open trade was not only bad for business but also made it impossible to walk comfortably in the area. People being stopped and grabbed by prostitutes on the middle of the street. How is that possible in such a strict country? Wouldn’t say that it is dangerous, but it’s not something that is a nice view for someone with a family. Not a suitable place for vacation with kids definitely.
While there are no official statistics, there may be as many as 1 million migrant construction workers in the UAE today. One would say- what a nice way to employ these poor people and give them opportunity to work and earn money for a better way of life. Well, that is not the case here. Reports about the conditions of workers have been wide and probing. Articles contrast the glittering skyscrapers they build and the scant wages they receive. Labor abuses have become more and more widely spread subject in the New York Times and other media giants. As one of these workers would say “You know how Ford said you can have any car you like as long as it’s black? In the Abu Dhabu they can make whatever you want, as long as it’s a building. They can’t make free speech or human rights.“ Tough words but maybe there is some deeper insight in the problems that this country has in it’s backbone. No respect for the working class has never been such in the world as it is today, but in rich countries like UAE , you would think that there is no way that it is happening.
Cybercrime. Yeah, it’s true! Not like in rest of the world , as there has been a huge rise of hackers attacks reported, because Abu Dhabi and the whole UAE is among the top ten countries in the world which are vulnerable to cyber attacks. Emptying bank accounts, frauds and such. Maybe not an ideal destination for depositing your cash, isn’t it? Hackers choose this destination frequently, mostly because of the large economical benefits that this land possesses.
As a major commercial driver in the region, Abu Dhabi is vulnerable for money laundering, though UAE have taken some measures against organized crime, this criminal act has been and still is in it’s uprise and it doesn’t seem to be going down anytime soon, as the country is getting richer, it is kinda expected to have more people trying to make their riches on some non ethical ways.
One of the richest cities in the world, but it’s can’t be that everyone is rich. What about the poverty issue in Abu Dhabi and UAE itself? Poverty rates can be blamed for the continuous image of somewhat extreme wealth, as those who are underpaid and poor are not reported by the government. As it was written in some articles, people wouldn’t be living in poor conditions if luxurious life hadn’t been one of their life priorities. So what does this exactly mean? Around 80% of people who receive help from Red Crescent have loans that leave them unable to pay for the essential of living. People actually try really hard to look rich, it is more for the wealth image than it is for the proper way of life. It obviously draws the question is the wealth of the country based on people who look wealthy for the sake of general image and the ones who are rich are just too rich? Maybe a bit of a sick representation of countries wealth, don’t you think? The rich are getting richer and the poor are trying to look like them even though it hurts them more than it benefits them.
Do you still think everything is as good as in the brochure you saw in some fancy tourist agency? Think again, there is always something more than it meets the eye. Yeah, the numbers are great, but some things obviously do not work in this city. As we mentioned earlier, laws and their implementation are not the same thing. And in these paragraphs and stories we can clearly see that. In Abu Dhabi we can see the government trying to get everything under their wary eye, but at the moment they might not have everything fully under control. In some time things could get better in ways that life will be better even for those who really aren’t wealthy, and stopping crime in it’s fullest meaning, but we will just have to wait and see. But for now, Abu Dhabi remains one of the safest cities in this modern world.