Originally Posted by FidelCashflow
Locals view foreigners as shit. They view them as servants and slaves flocking to their country to work for them and get a taste of their wealth who should be greatful for even being allowed to work for minimum wage.
Here's what I've been able to gather so far of their social hierarchy (from highest valued people to lowest valued)
Other EU citizens
Non-Emirate Arabs (e.g. Lebanese)
Former Soviet country citizens (e.g. Uzbek's)
Indians (South Indians are considered the lowest)
* I'm told by an Indian who used to live there that Pakistani's are given slightly more status in society for some reason. I told him I never encountered any Pakistani's in my travels, even though I always asked the people at the stores, hotels, taxi drivers, etc. if they were Pakistani. He responded that Indians get those types of jobs, Pakistani's usually get office jobs. Other people have also told me that Pakistani's usually aren't brought in for jobs like manual labour, bellhops, etc because they tend to be more opinionated on how to do everything. They'll do what they're told, but not before arguing, whereas Indians and Phillipinos tend to be more submissive.
Perhaps someone can elaborate, expand, or clarify?
The above is quite true. I used to live in Abu Dhabi in the early 80s when my parents used to work there. Yes, the social hierarchy above is quite accurate. The law also applies to people in that manner. If you get into legal trouble with a local, you are pretty much SOL. They are innocent until proven guilty and you are the opposite.
Yes, Pakistanis are given a slightly higher status because of the friendhip between the 2 countries, similar religion and the fact that Urdu (Paktsian's national language) has Arabic alphabets and many Arabic words.