Regarding progress in Dubai, reader “Joe Blank” comments:
I live in Oman, just across the border from UAE. Dubai is as other posters have described it- but don’t get too impressed at how swell the leaders there are. Drink a beer and get involved in ANYTHING that gets the cops involved and you’ll find out quick that the slick city exterior is covering a dark 6th century religious interior (meaning you’ll get to spend about 4 days in a cellar with a bucket for a toilet- THEN they’ll finally figure out you’re innocent and let you go- and this is even if you’re a Westerner).
Sounds like there’s still a wee bit of room for improvement.