Why not just cut the pretence. Dubai and the Emirates advertise themselves as some kind of liberal wonderland in the Arab world where there are vast opportunities and a great exciting life can be found. Granted it's a mecca for some to earn big bucks in the scramble for cash but the reality of the place is different.
For most (those from the Indian sub-continent) it's a land of poor pay, blatant racisim, shabby treatment by employers, long hours and sheer drudgery.
And even the money for professionals from the West is not that great when you take into account the vast cost of housing etc. Often it's a case of London type prices without the London-type wages for these people. I would advise anyone to check closely before they are lured in by promises and then get shackled with a year's advance rent on a ridiculously priced pad.
The supposed "liberal" way of life is a joke. "Newspapers have a large measure of freedom"... as long as they don't question or criticise anyone who matters ie those with power and influence. Just see what would happen then if any of them were brave enough to question the government or ruling families. So, in reality, you have a media operating with one hand tied behind its back, always a dangerous state of affairs.
No real democracy and no elected bodies... now that's really enlightened in the 21st century, isn't it?
It's still technically illegal for unmarried people to co-habit but it's OK, they'll turn a blind to that even though the law stands. How ridiculous is that?
And homo s e x u a l i t y is still illegal. How liberal and forward-thinking is that?
And everyone knows there's no real intergration. As far as the expats go, you've got them living in their little enclaves and socialising in their little enclaves well away from the locals and the migrants from the rest of the world. They think they've sampled local life and culture by a trip to the beach or a few bevvies in a hotel bar.
Sorry, but it's a sham and there's many a wart when you scratch below the surface. There's a long, long way to go before it ever becomes an enlightened, liberal, modern state with freedom for all.