BBC Documentary : Dubai Dreams
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Dubai is the world\'s fastest-growing tourist resort and the world\'s largest building-site. With $2.7 billion worth of property under construction in a single year, Dubai has fast become a magnet for the fabulously wealthy and is the destination for anyone with real money and a taste for luxury.
Each episode gets up close and personal with a particular character who finds themselves caught up in this whirlwind growth; from the Gulf News photographer to the Hot 100 party planner. Each programme in turn reveals something of the unique issues they face and the day-to-day life in such a diverse east-meets-west community.
Gulf News - Episode 1
Monday 31st October 2005
Gulf News photographer Paul Velasco is new to the Arab world and has to get used to reporting in a country that, despite appearing very western, exercises strict control of the press. W hen getting David Beckham on the newspaper\'s front page is classed as a major victory his disillusionment with the place begins to grow.
Property - Episode 2
Monday 7th November 2005
The kingdom is one of the world\'s property hot spots - from the amazing Palm development built out to sea to the hundreds of apartment blocks, it seems investors just can\'t get enough. With money to be made property agent Paul McCutcheon is there to cash in by buying a villa for a fellow Geordie who\'s never even visited Dubai.
Monday 14th November 2005
Billionaire Mohamed Ali Alabbar heads the largest real estate group in the world and i s also a government minister. In a rare glimpse into his world he\'s closing multi million dollar deals with Georgio Armani, promoting Dubai to the West and trying not to upset the ruling sheikh.
Social Problems - Episode 4
Monday 21st November 2005
The rapid development and glittering skyscrapers of Dubai mask its many social problems. American Sharla Musabih is on a mission to put things right. She\'s spent twenty years rescuing people, from the women who find themselves in cri sis to the young boys who are brought to Dubai as camel jockeys. Now she\'s fighting for government recognition so she can expand her refuge .
Hot One Hundred - Episode 5
Monday 28th November 2005
For the first time the country\'s equivalent of Hello magazine, Ahlan, is holding a party to celebrate the hottest one hundred people in Dubai. To make it onto the guest list it helps to be a party animal, socialite or friend of the publisher.
Workers - Episode 6
Monday 5th December 2005
Dubai is the world\'s largest building site, creating a demand for hundreds of thousands of workers. Partners Younis Amiri and Mr Chacko run a recruitment agency trawling the world for the right people, yet unlike other agencies they do not charge a fee which can take more than a year t o pay off in a country where there are no unions, no minimum wage and few workers\' rights.