The Sun comes out loud and clear and the Marina wears an abandoned look after the tourist packed Friday and Saturday weekend. Sunday is a working day here in Dubai. It is a bustling 31 degrees celsius out in the open!
All in all a beautiful day to be in Dubai with the prospect of a new long day for exploring this exciting city!
Our balcony in Dubai faces west towards the Dubai Marina and the sun’s first glint is off the skyscrapers opposite us.
A drive through old Dubai!
Really looking at the future one does see so much automation that one wonders will men and women be left with any jobs. As a couch potato I look at the sudden absence of cameramen while the news is being read on the BBC and CNN. These are robotic cameras moving left and right and around on the command of some distant producer or director.
What sparked my fears is the vision of driverless trucks in Rotterdam shuffling containers from one point to another. Gone! Driving jobs gone! What will my favorite actor Jason Statham do now in Transporter now?
No ticket checkers at subway station. In Dubai I rode in metro cars which were driverless. I think they have done it or are going to do it in New Delhi too. What will all these jobless people do. Will we have such a prosperous welfare state that everyone will be taken care of by the government?
We are already on the way to a cashless economy. Some banks have check and cash receiving machines. Gone are the tellers. Of course we have robots in the sky beaming signals for broadcasting and communications since decades. The transformation is so subtle. Remember the numerous bank clerks and tellers? Now an entire bank can be run by a small team of people. Would I fly in an aeroplane without a pilot? I don’t think so!
Will we really delegate our parliament to robots with the latest software? Wouldn’t that be so safe! We will be spared sexual scandals of the presidential kind. Robots are not imbued with sexual desires. Is man wrong in not allowing robots to make love to each other? Will God forgive us for taking up his job of creation?
This tall giant of Dubai is visible from all corners of the city. It is the perfect landmark for getting your bearings in this old trading port which is now a modern tourist haven on the Persian Gulf.
THIS IS THE BURJ KHALIFA.
Dubai, Here I Come!
A month in Dubai at the invitation of my daughter who has taken an extra roomed apartment to accommodate visitors from India. A week from now we (my wife is invited too) we will be in what looks like the Los Angeles of the Middle East from photos sent by my youngest daughter Liaga. My main worry right now is the medical paraphernalia I will have to take along as a senior citizen. There is my nebulizer and then my blood pressure measuring electronic meter. Perhaps a kilo of medicines will accompany me with proper prescriptions and bills from the pharmacy. Should I take my old fashioned camera? Should I get a wheel fixed on my suitcase or carry on using it as I have with only three wheels as one was broken off by an airline baggage handler. How many shirts should I carry? How many inhalers should I carry?
I have learned from the net that the Sheikh is a world figure who loves horse racing and is a regular visitor and contender at Royal Ascot. People say Dubai is in a downwards tailspin because of the drop in oil prices and demand and the self sufficiency of the US. I am waiting for my eyes to be opened in a positive way.