Arrogant Brits anyone?
The arrest of Michelle Palmer exposes the double standards of a land which claims to take a hard line on immoral behaviour yet often turns a blind eye to it. Here a British writer who lives in Dubai, and wishes to remain anonymous, details the changing face of the Muslim state.
Ten years ago, Dubai was a simple Arab port where - if you were British - you could put your hand to almost any kind of work, be well paid for it and have a nice, if restricted life.
It attracted particular kinds of expat: oil workers and executives on three-year contracts with multi-national companies