Rising Gulf

This Dutch documentary examines the silent revolution that is taking place in the United Arab Emirates (and the Gulf region in general) where Bedouin tents have been replaced by luxury and indulgence. While most of the world media’s Middle East focus has been portraying the region as a source of conflict, an incredible process of modernisation is taking place in the UAE, a process rarely seen before and that could affect the entire region and possibly the entire world.

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  • Anonymous

    lol, there’s an indian women’s talking (13:00). You can’t understand almost anything as she tries to speak english.

    • Wallbird

      lol, i just skipped to that bit and pissed myself 

    • Wallbird

      lol, i just skipped to that bit and pissed myself 

    • Real Deal

      I could understand your point if she was in this country, but she is in her home country… Do you think your arabic will be so smooth? or would it probably sound to them like her english does to us.  We need to be more tolerant of others who are at least trying. 

      • Koyaa

        English is an official language in India fyi, and I doubt her Arabic is any better considering that she is not from an Arab speaking country!

    • Real Deal

      I could understand your point if she was in this country, but she is in her home country… Do you think your arabic will be so smooth? or would it probably sound to them like her english does to us.  We need to be more tolerant of others who are at least trying. 

  • Anonymous

    lol, there’s an indian women’s talking (13:00). You can’t understand almost anything as she tries to speak english.

  • Anonymous

    I watched this and I see this clearly only shows a rich view of dubai. I thought, what are the drug policies in dubai? apparently a tourist was found to have a 0.003g trace of cannabis in his shoe and was sentenced to four years (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7234786.stm). Then, I though, what is the unemployment rate in dubai? I found out that the unemployment rate is at 14% (http://www.arabianbusiness.com/imf-sees-uae-s-inflation-rate-at-4-5-in-2011-401703.html).

    If Dubai runs out of oil there’s no way the tourism industry alone is going to sustain their economy.

  • Anonymous

    I watched this and I see this clearly only shows a rich view of dubai. I thought, what are the drug policies in dubai? apparently a tourist was found to have a 0.003g trace of cannabis in his shoe and was sentenced to four years (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7234786.stm). Then, I though, what is the unemployment rate in dubai? I found out that the unemployment rate is at 14% (http://www.arabianbusiness.com/imf-sees-uae-s-inflation-rate-at-4-5-in-2011-401703.html).

    If Dubai runs out of oil there’s no way the tourism industry alone is going to sustain their economy.

    • Koyaa

      “Although Dubai’s economy was built on the back of the oil industry,[74] revenues from oil and natural gas currently account for less than 6% of the emirate’s revenues.” – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dubai#Economy

    • Nivekenako

      The documentary is called ‘rising gulf’, why would they focus on negatives? Here’s a suggestion for everyone – obey the laws of your hosts and you will do fine. UAE is amazing, not without it’s problems, but amazing nonetheless.
      Unemployment in UAE is not important if you understand how their business sponsorship works. I’m actually surprised it’s so low!
      When oil runs out at least they have made preparations to soften the blow…

    • Nivekenako

      The documentary is called ‘rising gulf’, why would they focus on negatives? Here’s a suggestion for everyone – obey the laws of your hosts and you will do fine. UAE is amazing, not without it’s problems, but amazing nonetheless.
      Unemployment in UAE is not important if you understand how their business sponsorship works. I’m actually surprised it’s so low!
      When oil runs out at least they have made preparations to soften the blow…

  • Dismissed

    This is more like a commercial than a document about Dubai. Not a word about those who actually has built this wonder and very short time covering the normal lives of people living there.

    I personally would have liked more realistic touch to the film than this sugar coated view that bearly scratched the surface of all that has been done out there.

  • http://www.nurmuhammad.com Eve

    Signs of the Approach of Last Days

    Hadith of Jibril:

    …and you will see the barefoot, naked, destitute bedouin shepards competing in constructing tall buildings

    The author explains that the prophecy fortold that the people of the
    desert would eventually be rich enough to build skyscrapers, citing that
    in 1400
    years there were no skyscrapers until the completion of the Faisaliah
    Building in 2000 and Kingdom Centre(2003) in Riyadh as proof that a sign
    of the
    Last Days is appearing today.

     

    ———-

    “Now, tell me of the Last Hour,” asked the man. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) replied, “The one asked knows no more of it than the one asking.” “Then tell me about its signs,” said the man. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) replied, “That slave women give birth to their mistresses; and that you see barefoot, unclothed, beginning shepherds competing in the construction of tall buildings.” Then
    the visitor left, and I waited a long time. Then the Prophet (peace and
    blessings be upon him) asked me, “Do you know, Umar, who the questioner
    was?” I replied, “Allah and His Messenger know best.”He said (Allah
    bless him and give him peace), “It was Jibril. He came to you to teach
    you your religion.” [Sahih Muslim]

  • guest

    This was done as part of a series that intended to shed a positive light on the Arab world amid all the negative news coming from the region. It was also done in 2008, before the Arab Spring and before the financial crisis. It’s basically the main concept of the show to provide an alternative view of all kinds of topics in the news… that’s why it’s called tegenlicht (or backlight when they translate a show to english).
    Just thought i’d explain that. I have nothing to do with the show or the people that produced it, btw.Here’s more info and a full list of english episodes which are also on youtube:http://tegenlicht.vpro.nl/backlight.html 

  • guest

    This was done as part of a series that intended to shed a positive light on the Arab world amid all the negative news coming from the region. It was also done in 2008, before the Arab Spring and before the financial crisis. It’s basically the main concept of the show to provide an alternative view of all kinds of topics in the news… that’s why it’s called tegenlicht (or backlight when they translate a show to english).
    Just thought i’d explain that. I have nothing to do with the show or the people that produced it, btw.Here’s more info and a full list of english episodes which are also on youtube:http://tegenlicht.vpro.nl/backlight.html 

  • Jackmeoff

    WHAT A WASTE OF MY TIME. IT’S JUST LIKE AN INFOMERCIAL.WEAK.

  • denbenenki

    I enjoyed watching this. It is a dream any country would wish for. To take a desolated area and transform it into an oasis, is to take what life deals you and you add to it what only a human can—improve on it!

    What is wrong with that?

    If they have any unemployment, it cannot be because they don’t have work.

    These are people who were born where camels once were the only sensible mode of transport, which gives one a measure of how difficult it was for the human—now, it is the preferred place for people to live the world over.

    Imagine the excitement these people feel each day going to work and returning home knowing everyday they are working on making life better for themselves and others.

    I understand people are offended as the Arab people and Muslim people are expected to live and look always humble and to be so materialistic is against religions, yet, it is folly not to apply human capabilities to enjoy the most from living.

  • persian gulf not gulf

    its persian gulf to start with 😉 they are so depended on foreigners so I dont really see a future for them

  • michael Kinsey

    The problem with these smarter than your average grocery bag sacker is they did not have a problem with cutting in and jumping to the head of the line.. The fact that these gems of mathematics’s could cause a world wide financial meltdown by accident, is not a problem they are really concerned with. Greed pups all, Most have a portrait of DIck Folts , CEO of Leman Brothers on their night stand. Anyone trying that in a grocery store usually get sacked.