comments on Oman's relationship to Dubai.
are really very, very proud of their, their cultural
heritage. And I think there is a sense of, actually
I've heard over and over again, Omanis say we don't
want to be like Dubai. And you know Dubai is very close
by and Oman is really in its shadow.
for context: Dubai is absolutely an amazing place.…[I]t
has kind of the energy of Hong Kong and the dynamism
of Singapore, and the global connectivity of a brilliant
major city. Very, very cosmopolitan, very glitzy, very
brash. And Omanis sort of, some of them are a little
bit enticed by that and also at the same time a bit
repulsed and concerned about it. So there's a sense
among many Omanis, that in Dubai, anything goes. And
they're not going to permit that.
Omani's have a sort of ambivalent relationship to Dubai.
On the one hand, they find it exciting. It has all the
excitement that Oman lacks, so they're drawn to it in
that sense, but they also have a feeling that they don't
want Oman to become like Dubai. They don't like the
flash, the vulgarity, the corruption, the sense that
this society's changed too much, it's lost its roots.