Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Making a break for it

I just saw this article on the Gulf News website. Apparently people have been paying smugglers to get them out of the UAE by driving them through Oman to Yemen. Some people who are afraid of being put in jail for debts etc. are traveling overland to avoid punishment in the UAE.

The article goes on to say that when you leave the UAE, everyone is subject to a retina scan, which means that if you're found to be owing money or something, you'll be placed on a black list that bans you from ever coming back to the UAE.

All this seems like a pretty extreme measure. I'm sure there are some sketchy characters that are smuggling these people out of the country. I've also heard that the Dubai debtor's prison thing is just a myth, and that the jails are at full capacity anyway, so I think the whole thing is getting blown out of proportion.

Anyway, it's pretty crazy that Dubai has a border run now. Does this make Yemen the new Mexico?

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