Taking issue with Dubai
Dubai, like the rest of the United Arab Emirates, is blatantly anti-Semitic ["Is Dubai for Real?" Jan. 27]. Yet here you are encouraging people to travel there. Shame on you.
--Robert Ostrove, Oxnard
Editor's note: The United Arab Emirates has historically participated in the Arab League boycott, which bars Israeli products and citizens.
Here's what's wrong with your article on Dubai: No Jews need apply. Your average Leon Klinghoffer kind of Jew -- no way would he be partying in Dubai.
--Marsha Roseman, Van Nuys
Much of Dubai's recent "development" is not a sign of success nor worthy of celebration. It is often exaggerated, grossly extravagant and has no real long-term benefits. Unemployment, poverty and illiteracy are widespread. Dubai is an unabashed model of consumerism and unrestrained capitalism run amok. It also has well-defined hierarchies of power, race and class. Hidden behind the glitz and glitter that they helped create, non-Arab laborers from Southeast Asia and other regions are exploited, discriminated against and abused on a daily basis. For Arabs, the Dubai model provides us with many reasons to be ashamed and embarrassed.
Raid Khoury, Long Beach