it's really sad what dubai has done to some expats...
it's tricked those coming from the lower class into believing they are actually middle or upper class only because they are white and their first language is the lingua franca here.
it's convinced some others that the mere mentioning of the letters u, k, s, a, or e should send everyone around them on their knees automatically, probably thanking God the expatriate force who would otherwise be on the breadline in ther not-developed-anymore home countries have decided to grace dubai with their presence.
it's turned many, married women especially, into homemakers who cannot possibly live nowadays without a host of nannies, maids, drivers, cleaners, gardeners, salon assistants while back home they never dreamed of ever doing their nails or going to spas on a weekly basis, and taking care of the kids would be joined resposibility in the family if the father is still around or sober.
it's also sad how many western expats have adopted the system of casts and servitude traditionally kept in the middle east for decades if not centuries because they absolutely love the benefits they are offered, but they keep condemning lack of human rights and violation of individual freedoms.
who would clean your home, wash your clothes, talk with and take care of your children, cook for your family, wash your car, tickle your toes if the "domestic help" one day remember they are not temporary slaves?
scary thought, eh...
I agree with everything you have said and in the past have been quite vocal about people who couldn't afford a Mrs Scrubit for a few hours back home come out here and think they are princesses.
Maids, domestics, etc have it hard as they generally send all or most of their money home, they don't see their family for years and yet expats want to pay them as little as possible.
I would rather have the warm glow that being fair and just to staff gives me to having a bit more money in the bank
I have had live in staff for years and four of my old maids now live in USA and each one keeps in touch with me to this day. I know they don't tell friends family what a horror of a job they had when working for me.