Wednesday, July 12, 2006

600 Billion Dhs skyscraper announced

New entrants to the booming and busting Dubai real-estate market, Bottomless has announced a 600 Billion Dhs skyscraper targeted at low-income residents in the UAE.

Featuring spectacular views of the Dubai traffic, a unique roof-top heating system and intermittent shower system, the structure is expected to further consolidate Dubai's position as a pioneer in innovative architecture and sustainable social communities.

Interested buyers are requested to approach the Bottomless sales offices with a 50% payment advance before our "Sold Out" double spread advert which appears next week.


Blogger The Image Village said...

this is funny. Is humor frowned on in the UAE?

4:18 pm  
Blogger Woke said...

Some of them did not take it in the intended way. So I removed it from the UAE Community website before it created a big furore.

4:21 pm  
Blogger secretdubai said...

Woke: I found the image very funny, and entirely appropriate for UAE community blog. It was a satirical take on a very real issue: the lack of proper accommodation for bachelors here.

(I managed to see it on Bloglines, which archives some stuff that's been deleted).

It greatly disturbs me that people (who may not even be members) are frightening UAE Community members into self-censoring funny and relevant material.

Should anyone ever post anything really inappropriate (eg sexual content, or "royal gossip") we would either fully delete it. For something borderline (eg an entry where a few words were a bit risky/obscene) we would unpublish it and ask them to amend it a bit. But none of this applies to your post.

I would be very happy if you could repost it there.

6:45 pm  
Blogger Woke said...

Will do.

Infact I just mistook them as active memebers and contributors to the UAE Community website.

9:09 am  
Anonymous Mutiny said...

Very funny!

3:23 pm  
Blogger secretdubai said...

Thank you for reposting! Whether complainers are members or not, I don't want other members to have to tread around on eggshells rather than post meaningful, relevant entires, even when they include satirical humour that not everyone understands.

UAE community gets slagged off for being "negative", but I think that people see what they want to see. If you look at the front page entries:

1. Relief for Lebanon
2. Chocolate and falling in love
3. Emiratisation debate
4. Skyscraper satirical photo
5. Dinglish article
6. Freedom of speech and tact
7. Resources under stress
8. Saudi vs Hezbollah
9. Freehold in Dubai
10. Blogging about the Israeli aggression
11. Clothes for labourers
12. Celebrity pics in Sun
13. Israeli aggression in Gaza
14. Israel attacks Lebanon
15. Saudis promote tourism
16. Dubai documentary
17. Buddha bar CDs
18. Arabian heritage photo
19. Credit cards
20. Blogging coming of age
21. Mumbai vs Bombay
22. Comment policy
23. Blacked out cars
24. Overheating
25. Why expats are here
26. IDF and Lebanon
27. Arabic translations
28. Piano music
29. Anti-fraud blog
30. Dubai cultural bouquet
31. Arabian New York
32. Summer clothing issues
33. Utah film censorship

There are only a few posts that are "negative" about the UAE (3, 4, 7, 12, 23, 24) - if by negative you mean critical or questioning of the UAE. But there are as many posts that are positive or supportive of UAE culture and mores (6, 9, 16, 18, 30, 31, 32).

The rest are neutral/informational or not even specifically related to the UAE.

So I perceive a healthy balance of light and shade, of which your post is an amusing and interesting part of the latter.

7:32 pm  

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