The Status of Sudanese Expats in Dubai

13 Feb

Ostentatious behavior tends to run in the Sudanese DNA, especially Sudanese expats. In Dubai however, this behavior is amplified, as it seems that the easy luxurious lifestyle is endemic among both locals and foreign residents. Many of Dubai’s expats are in fact living beyond their means, or just on the edge, with a falsified sense of eternal stability and economic security. Well, that bubble has definitely popped. For many Dubai residents, news of daily cancellations of around 1,500 work visas is terrifying. So much so that The New York Times reported that over 3,000 cars have been abandoned at the airport by fleeing foreigners who fear imprisonment due to unpaid debts.

I wonder if high profile Sudanese Dubai residents like Al-Bashir’s brother are in financial trouble. Or if Awad Al-Jaz, the minister of finance and economy is keeping up with his mortgage payments for the thirty luxury Palm Islands apartments he recently purchased?

My Sudanese readers in Dubai, what’s going on in your neck of the woods? Are those one-way tickets back to Khartoum sold out yet?

9 Responses to “The Status of Sudanese Expats in Dubai”

  1. Mohammad Ahmad Roda Bin Ali Roda Il Thani February 13, 2009 at 10:28 am #

    I doubt Al-Bashir’s brother is in financial trouble. I dont know if you can relate the 3,000 abandoned cars to the Sudanese fleeing but its possible. Wow, are those Palm Islands beautiful or what though.

  2. Drima February 13, 2009 at 12:40 pm #

    Ah, corruption by Sudanese politicians. What’s new? Same old shit really. The problem is pretty pervasive in so many aspects, but what saddens me more is how the “unethics” of corruption have become so commonly accepted in our culture.

    Bribing the traffic officer, the guy weighing your luggage at the airport, the dude issuing your driving license, you name it.

    Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. A real annoying dilemma I’d say.

  3. Eu February 13, 2009 at 6:38 pm #

    I think it’s only a minority of Sudanese in the UAE who are super-rich.

    I feel for the vast majority who fear for or have lost their jobs…

    I don’t think the lack of ‘sustainability’ is a purely Sudanese thing in the UAE – although I must admit we’re generally better spenders than savers – but isn’t everything about the UAE’s growth reckless?

    My guess is that unless you’re a 4th generation local who has government support from the cradle to the grave you’d be a bit jittery in the UAE, particularly in these tough economic times.

    If only the International Community treated Sudan in the way it should be treated and some of our politicians got rid of their trnch mentality, maybe those Sudanese who are forced to return would have prospects to look forward to…

  4. sudaneseoptimist February 14, 2009 at 11:35 pm #

    “If only the International Community treated Sudan in the way it should be treated ”

    Care to elaborate?

  5. Eu February 15, 2009 at 12:41 am #

    Lifted off of any terrorism list and de-sanctioned.
    Let soft power take its course.

  6. Mickeyblue December 30, 2009 at 3:46 pm #

    I will be in Khortoum Sudan for 10 days starting 10Jan’10..Can you suggest some Dos n Donts while in khartoum!

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  8. abdil September 5, 2012 at 10:31 pm #

    This is full of bulshit , there are no sudanese in financial trouble in the gulf. sudanese people in dubai are mostly rich , when sudanese return to sudan from dubai they purchase sometimes at least 3 cars.

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