My recent conspicuous absence was due to having spent the past few days in Dubai, UAE where I went to get a feel for the place and visit my friend, Deema (who has been there now for close to two years).
Dubai is, without a doubt, a very strange place indeed. In particular, it is incredibly difficult to describe. It feels like a series of exists on an interstate highway cluttered by construction sites and flanked by the desert on one side and five star beach resorts on the other. While the artificial taste of it all (not to mention the plague of detour signs everywhere) may not make you want to stay, the traditional Arab hospitality and welcoming nature of the Emirati people — something that Western Islamophobe propaganda has hoped to destroy –ultimately shines through, making Dubai a beacon for regional pride and a showcase for respectful multicultural coexistence.