Free tables and chairs, anyone?

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Being a New Yorker, I’m always amazed at how safe and relatively crime-free Dubai is in comparison. The picture above was taken in my neighboorhodd (JBR Walk) during Ramadan. It’s mid-day but since no food or drink can be consumed during the month of Ramadan, almsot all restaurants are closed until sunset.

Notice how none of the chairs, tables, fans, nor umbrellas are bolted down nor chained together in any way.  In NYC, these pieces of furniture would have been stolen overnight.  And the culprits aren’t necessarily hardened criminals either.  Let’s just say it’s not uncommon to walk into a friend’s apartment in NYC and see pieces of furniture that were “left out” on the street.

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  1. Thanks for the post. I lived in the UAE for 1.5 years – and while there was much there that I saw and disagreed with, there was no arguing with observations like this post. I can remember accidentally leaving a large box of important files on top of my car outside a visit to a client's office. Two hours later, it was still there. That said, although crime is almost non-existent in the UAE, those that do break the law are subject to a legal system that is far from transparent or fair. Thanks for the post! Happy holidays…