Marketplace for Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Along Dubai Creek are the souks, or markets, where you can buy everything from spices and textiles to gold. Kai Ryssdal visited them and got a sense of their gold standard.
When the millionaires aren't there for the big events, Dubai's Nad al Sheba racetrack is a great place for a family night out. But there's no booze and no betting . . . well, not exactly. Kai Ryssdal has more.
While workers from around the world are striving to get to jobs in the Middle East, human capital is a big export for some countries in the region as well. Commentator Mona Eltahawy says the decision to leave comes with mixed emotions.
Real estate in Dubai has been open to foreigners since 2002. Speculators and would-be Dubai transplants have been coming ever since. And developers are having trouble keeping up. Sean Cole reports.
While Dubai is booming, the Gulf region's overall unemployment is near 15%. Kai Ryssdal spoke with labor consultant Kito de Boer about what leaders can do to address disparities between the local population and visiting workers.
Dubai's workforce is almost entirely made up of laborers from other countries. They're nothing less than crucial to the city. Stephen Beard reports on the supply of cheap labor that makes Dubai go.
For every Indian or Pakistani who decides to leave Dubai, for every Bangladeshi who figures their opportunites will be better at home, there are dozens or hundreds of others who'll gladly replace them. Scott Tong met one of them in Manila.