Another life in the Emirates
• Another life in the Emirates
We recently told you about the famous five-star hotel Atlantis, which is located on an artificial island of Palm Jumeirah. The luxury suites of this hotel stop great men, celebrities, film stars, footballers and politicians. They pay thousands of dollars for a night and rest in comfort. The cheapest room there costs $ 350.
Today we tell about ordinary guys who earn $ 350 per month, while sending $ 300 to families to their homeland, and to $ 50 manage to live happily ever after.
The population of the United Arab Emirates is about 8 million people, of which the indigenous people make up less than 10%. The rest - are from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and other countries in South Asia and the Philippines, immigrated to the United Arab Emirates as temporary workers.
Male population is three times larger than the female. The ratio of men and women among indigenous peoples about 1 to 1.
Emirates - it is not just skyscrapers. Most of the storey.
In the past, indigenous Arabs lived here, and now the government resettles them in comfortable villas near the sea. In the old Arab shacks populated Pakistanis and Indians, builders, drivers of buses and taxis. More recently, these houses were everywhere in the Emirates, even at the current location of skyscrapers in Dubai.
One of the many barracks where irreplaceable builders of skyscrapers live.
For foreign men to obtain local citizenship is not possible. There is little chance for women, if you go for the local Arab married, but with such option involves a lot of problems.
Among the old slums can meet different machines.
These photographs were taken in the streets of Sharjah, in areas where you do not take tourists.
Before this trip, I did not know anything about Ras al-Khaimah - the most northerly Emirate. This is where the Al-Zhazira Al Hamra - the first village, which appeared on the territory of the future Arab Emirates. Village is not far from the hotel where we were staying - Al Hamra Palace Beach Resort (he stands on the background).
Now, many houses in the village destroyed, and over the ruins of the lonely tower minarets.
Going into one of the abandoned mosques, we have seen that it is not so abandoned.
It turns out that the village can still be found living people. This builders from Bangladesh.
Bangladeshis - people friendly. People are living in abandoned Arab houses 10 people in the room. The boys did not speak English and have no idea what Russia is and where it is located.
Some of the buildings are in good condition. You can even meet a labor camp.
Very old houses. Seen sea corals, of which the walls were built.
The tricky technology.
In order to exist in the UAE, you need to earn at least 700-900 dollars. Our guide told us that he has a good friend, a builder from Bangladesh, who earns $ 350 a month, while he sends to his family 300, and he lived for a month at $ 50. At home, he could earn only $ 40 a month, as well - his family live in full prosperity. According to this principle millions of people live in the Emirates ...
People spend the night in the barracks, are thrown off and bought in bulk rice, bags of hot spices and meat waste. All of this is fried and eaten. Guide said that an inexperienced person such food there can not be - it is incredibly sharp (this is to kill the germs and poison).
Curious paper - five euros.
People funny, currently live and rejoice.
They are happy that they can feed their families. What else do you need in life?