Rod Liddle is an idiot, long live Dubai!

One in the eye for Dubai bashers I think, especially those who fly into the emirate to specifically create sensationalist, subjective and racist copy.
Rod Liddle is an idiot, long live Dubai!
By Paul Collett
Fri 11 Sep 2009 04:00 AM

One in the eye for Dubai bashers I think, especially those who fly into the emirate to specifically create sensationalist, subjective and racist copy.

I'm talking about the article ‘written' by Sunday Times' hack Rod Liddle, entitled: ‘Sordid reality behind Dubai's gilded facade'. I've written in defence of this emirate before post vitriolic ratings boosting bile, but Liddle's July article caught me on the hop, I just couldn't deal with it.

Perhaps it was my impending leave after nine month's straight, whatever, after over 5,000 words of pure, unadulterated hatred toward Dubai, I took it personally. And when you take something personally and write about it, objectivity is nigh on impossible. So I left it, did not forgot it but went away hoping that on my return I would be able to write in response something truly positive about Dubai because action had been taken and history made.

The official ratification of an association for FMs in the Middle East facilitated through the fmME Breakfast Club was always something the magazine was going to shout from the roof tops. So here you are: it's OFFICIAL! Rera and Dubai Government are fully behind an independent facilities management association for FMs in the Middle East. I said it would happen before, and now it's official. I can talk about it with Rera and Dubai Government's blessing.

But you know what makes it all the more satisfying? Yes, it was the solid response I was after to Liddle's ‘insight'; a tangible and timely reminder of ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and his government's intent: to fully support best in class initiatives to better Dubai. The speed and the positive support have been astounding - the first fmME Breakfast Club met in March, so under six months later I can say an official announcement is imminent.

This is the new world. Dubai Government has given FMs the tools to shape its future. Fantastic.

Paul Collett is the editor of facilities management Middle East.

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