Reform in the UAE
"But the United States can enhance the evolution of this customized Dubai model by advocating worker's rights, press freedom, and government transparency. Progress in these areas will further Dubai's economic growth in the short term and possibly ignite a more participatory political system in the longer term. Recent events—including a rare protest by laborers near the rising Burj Dubai, a forum on UAE press freedom organized by Emirati students, and the increasing size and influence of the local blogosphere—suggest there is an opening to begin addressing these sensitive areas."
Along the same lines I was struck by the fact that a crackdown following the expiration of an amnesty on illegal workers will involve enforcement at the corporate level. I suspect this shows that the UAE government sees this as another plank in the Emiratization agenda, creating mechanisms by which they can eventually restrict the number of guest workers and force companies to hire locals.
(Crossposted to American Footprints)
Labels: United Arab Emirates