Thursday, October 16, 2008

Of Elections in USA, Canada and Dubai

No, no, there's no election in Dubai. But I do want to talk about them in a bit.

First, my prognosis of the final US debate is up. It's been a long circus process, but finally we should see some closure in about 17 days. Unless something big happens, I expect Obama to take this election comfortably. Of course, at the back of my mind lurks the unpleasant feeling that the Americans can fuck this up again - after all - this is a nation of whom 17% believes Bush is doing a great job, and where scare tactics apparently work.

Second, our Canadian election was over on Tuesday. It was a disappointing result for us Liberals. We had a decent and honest man of integrity as our leader, but it turned out he wasn't the politician we needed him to be. I wonder what it says about us as a nation when decent men can't win in politics by taking the high road. Although I suspect a faulty tax plan, a team not ready for an election, not speaking English well enough, and other factors also played a part. While I am glad to see Gerrard Kennedy and Ruby Dhalla win their seats, I was sad to see Omar al-Ghabra lose his seat. I hope he is back the next time.

Coming to Dubai, I was informed by a reader (Musa) that an interview with me was used in an article of the National.

South Asian professionals forsake West for Gulf jobs
Aaditya Tangri, 23, and Mr Mezba Mahtab, 27, both moved to Canada from the UAE with their families when they were in high school. Mr Tangri came back last year and Mr Mahtab is hoping to do the same.

Mr Mahtab would like to stay in Dubai for five years, “make lots of money, save as much as I can and then move back again”.

He is not put off by the hot weather and finds the intrinsic Muslim culture that flourishes in the cities most attractive. “In Dubai, when everyone is fasting during Ramadan, you don’t feel out of place.”
The interview was taken almost a year ago, before I started my Masters program and before many other developments in my life - suffice it to say I am not that attracted to returning to Dubai (or Abu Dhabi). Moreover, I distinctly remember saying to the reporter I was thinking about returning, not planning it. Not only do I not like the treatment meted out to Asians, but it seems Dubai is a big bubble waiting to burst.

However, when I see the house prices here, and then I calculate how long I will have to work before I can pay off my mortgage, suddenly 4-5 years in a sunny, tax-free earning country doesn't sound so bad, does it?


youngMuslimah said...

the house prices in uae arent cheap either!
good luck w/ whatever you decide to do though..

Achelois said...

UAE is very expensive now if you want to live decently and not 'desily' which (the latter) I am sure you don't want. So, you need to plan very well.

Ali said...

If McCain wins the election with that hound of a VP, I think they should remove their "superpower" tag and give it to the Chinese :D

Oh that quote really surprised me, I can't say I know you well but based on what I read from your blog I never thought that. The report made a good job in tweaking it too it seems.

mezba said...

youngMuslimah: ya, I am not looking to buy a house in UAE - I think it's a big bubble and anyways, if I ever live there it will be temporary. I like Canada too much.

Achelois: yes, when I was last there I was shocked at how much prices have gone up if you want to live fully.

Ali: hopefully McCain won't win, yesterday Colin Powell's endorsement of Obama was the icing on the cake, but with the USA, you never know.