A few months back while I was admiring a large hoarding of 'The World' in Shekh Zayed Rd, the taxi driver driver turned to me and said "Do you know who is going live in these palms and islands?".
When I did not offer any answer he remarked with a straight face, "All the world's richest criminals and drug dealers".
"Well, can you think of a safer place for people like that to live where nobody (Interpol, FBI etc) can hunt them down?".
If there was no hint of surprise in my face, it would probably because Dubai had a bad reputation of being a safe haven for criminals; and really rich ones at that. But times have changed, and Dubai has more responsibility being in the spotlight for much better reasons. So I was quite surprised after seeing this article in ProperT.ae magazine.
It briefly talks about the Sales and Marketing Director of MED(Middle East Development), Mr. Nigel K Russell who apparently ' brought the concept of Apartment Residences in the UAE' and and was 'a pioneer in selling condos in the US during the 80's'. Pioneer he was, according to this website which states he is a wanted man for non-payment to his clients, deception, assault and other cases. There is even a Yahoo group set up by people who has been cheated by this pioneer. For all those who are planning to embrace MEDs concept of 'Apartment Residences', I wish you all the luck in the world; especially since he got fired from another reputed real-estate company in UAE an year back after they found out about his illustrious career.
UPDATE: Apparently Nigel has been fired from MED last week and has disappeared again. Probably to the UK.