A city in the United Arab Emirates (aka the middle of the desert) with lots of fancy architecture and artificial islands. Dubai was a noname town 20 years ago, but now suddenly wants to be on par with cities such as Chicago or Seoul.
Despite its "heavenly" appearance that its wealthy owners constantly brag about, the city faces many issues. About 80% of its residents are migrant workers who built the city but get paid jack shit and sleep eight to a room. They're not much better off than slaves. The city's economy and culture is completely built around tourism so naturally prostitution is very present in Dubai, despite being illegal. Children often are forced into being camel jockeys and are sometimes physically and sexually abused. Homosexuals get executed when caught, since being gay is illegal in the UAE.
The city will soon be home to the completed Burj Dubai, the world's tallest skyscraper. Also the tallest building in history to be built entirely by slave labor.
Joe: Wow, I heard Dubai went up in less than a decade? Isn't that amazing?
Shmo: Not really. It's not that hard to build a city when you have 1.3 million slaves doing it for you.
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