Dubai: A City of Deception

Binevs Celik, Aisha Awad, Atakan Kara, Joshua Angell & Türkan Kirkan

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This paper attempts to undercover the reasons as to why exploitation is such a key social issue in the UAE. More specifically, the problem area narrows this down to focus on the male construction workforce in Dubai, seeing as this is the largest group of migrant workers. The structure of the project follows our train of thought. We maintain that certain social, economic and legal mechanisms found with Dubai’s urban structure, are responsible for putting this group of workers are a disadvantage in comparison to Dubai’s national population. Feagin’s theory of The New Urban Paradigm, together with Guy Standing’s theory on ‘The Precariat’ and Bastia’s explanation of how the critical perspective of Intersectionality can be used for migrant research, are applied, in order to better understand the issue at hand. The two main conclusions we reach are as follows; firstly, that the UAE’s legal system enables the continual exploitation of its migrant worker force; secondly, the actual identity of the construction worker’s means that they are more likely to be discriminated against.

UddannelserBasis - International Samfundsvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato19 dec. 2015
VejledereVitor Peiteado Fernández


  • Migrants
  • Workers
  • Legislations
  • Construction-industry
  • Labour
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Dubai
  • Exploitation