The Naked Truth

Stopping the world’s spin.

A Little Oil Money

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), just might be the place to go. In fact, foreigners known as expats now out number the locals known as Emiratis.

Take a look at what it offers:

Palm Islands, the world’s largest artificial islands shaped like a giant palm tree. They add 520 km of beaches to Dubai City.

palm islands

Burj Al Arab, the world’s only 7 star hotel.

Dubailand will consist of 3 billion sq. ft. of theme parks, eco-tourism projects, shopping malls, restaurants and residential units that are being developed by UAE, Gulf Cooperation Council and international investors. It will include: Universal City Dubai, a 22,000,000 sq. ft. development, featuring Universal Studios Dubai as its centerpiece; Paramount Studios Theme Park; Tiger Woods Dubai, an exclusive golf community that will include the first ever Tiger Woods designed golf course; Dubai Snowdome will be 85 metres tall and 220 metres in diameter and will feature a ski dome, residential towers, hotels, a shopping mall, restaurants, coffee shops and retail outlets; and Mall of Arabia, the world’s largest shopping mall.

The Sixth Crossing, the world’s longest and tallest bridge, will be 1 mile long at 673 feet high.

And who can forget Burj Dubai, the world’s tallest building with 160 floors as of March 1, 2008.


March 14, 2008 Posted by | Travel | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Oil, Islam and Women

A professor at UCLA has really outdone himself. Political science professor Michael Ross has released a study concluding that women in the Middle East are not oppressed because of their Islamic religion. Nope. They are oppressed because of oil. According to Ross, the oil boom puts more men than women in the workplace and decrease women’s political representation. Because of this, oil-producing states have stronger patriarchal norms, laws and governments.

In other words, “gender inequality” has nothing to do with the peaceful, serene religion of Islam. The religion that blocks young school girls from leaving burning buildings because they aren’t wearing their headscarves is not to blame. The religion that justifies the beating of your wife is innocent. The religion that forces young girls into marriages isn’t the problem. Nope. Islam has absolutely nothing to do with it. It must be the evil wealth that is gained by being an oil producing country. In fact, this guy goes as far to say that “changes in global energy markets could ultimately influence the status of women in dozens of oil producing countries.” Reading between the lines: stop producing oil, otherwise women will continue to be marginalized.

Do you know why these fools spend their lives teaching in universities? Because they couldn’t survive in the private sector .. that’s why.


March 14, 2008 Posted by | Middle East | , , , , , | Leave a comment