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?