Jan 06, 2009
well what amazes me over here, is the fake reports that dubai and the uae in general is doing great and that dubai is not even reaching a slowdown, and the growth rate is as usualy record breaking.
it is funny with high officials in the country still try to come and convince us as the past 5 years that we have record breaking growth in all sectors and in the past 5 years it was just booming everywhere around the world, and UAE was one of the top coutnries, such as china, india, and Europe and North America as a whole.
But now when all these places are have extreme difficulties with their financial and economical situation, still high officials in uae are talking about how dubai is not effected.
In the mean time, a very normal citizen or a worker in dubai can spot signs of economic slowdown and introductory signs of recession everywhere you go in the city.
In Dubai extreme job cuts have been made, international and multinational companies are downsizing and cutting costs by either sacking people out or closing branches or regional offices.
Consutruction companies future projects have all been cancelled and all property related sectors are downsizing or closing down. Banks are suffering huge losses with all the people who took loans and cant pay them back. and the same story that happened in the US banks last year have issued loans for villas that are worth 20 million dirhams and sadly right now this villa is worth 10 million dirhams. and the bank has no idea where will they get the other 10 million dirham from... so imagine a whole system which is based on credit
many banks in the gulf region, their ratings have been dropped. First Gulf bank rating has dropped to an extent that if you have money in there and you asking for it. dont expect to be paid immediately.. Hotels are empty.. Roads are emptier. see how much vacancies are in the property sector in Marina, JBR, all around dubai.
Still dubai is doing better than many other cities in the world, but be true to the people... After all we all built this place... we deserve to know