Sheikh Mohammed online interview

Having struggled through reading column after column from the western media about the immediate demise of Dubai, one was looking for a proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. That light came in strong and bright, riding on the e-interview conducted by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and amongst other things, visionary extraordinaire.

Setting a benchmark for global transparency, laying the foundations for open communications and driving home the point that Dubai isn't quite done for yet (as reported in the Guardian and the Independent), Sheikh Mohammed mixed notes of optimism and clarity of vision with a healthy dose of rebuke for the rumor and negative speculation.

The questions from the media were wide ranging, and the answers were well rounded, pretty much transparent and had that touch of Sheikh Mohammed all over them. I didn't see a question on personal bankruptcy and how there is absolutely no protection for workers who lose their jobs, are unable to repay their loans (mortgage, personal or credit card debt) and are supposed to end up in jail. Although I am sure, if put in the right context in front of the Prime Minister we would have gotten some answers. Hopefully someone somewhere will address this issue.

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