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Hi, I am heading for Dubai tomorrow morning, and I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions about where to go or what to see?

I have been many times before, as I often fly Emirates, but this time it is mostly for leisure, however the main basis for my trip is to complete on my purchases on The Palm Islands.

I will be staying at the Burj Al Arab, if that of is any significance, but as the place is so small, I doubt it is.

Anyway, any suggestions, on anything, food, drink, shop, whatever...
 

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Yes, incorporate there and move your home there -- Forbes just rated U.A.E. as the most favorable "normal" tax regime in the world. France was rated the worst and rated highest on Forbes' "Misery Index" with the highest tax rates across the board. Only visit there.
 

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A bit late I suppose but check out the Villa Moda shopping center.

YSL, Fendi, Gucci, Prada, etc and a botox bar to boot.
 

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Palm Islands eh? Thats awesome, I think I was reading about those in National Geographic or something a while ago. Worlds largest man-made islands? Shaped like Palm trees? You can see them from space I believe.

You buying residential property, or business property there? And staying at the Burj Al Arab too? What a great looking building. I've only seen pictures - but I'm impressed nonetheless. Enjoy your trip.
 

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Yes, incorporate there and move your home there -- Forbes just rated U.A.E. as the most favorable "normal" tax regime in the world.
With the risk of massive religious bigotry and curtail on individual freedom? I'm sure you wouldn't want to move there.
 

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With the risk of massive religious bigotry and curtail on individual freedom? I'm sure you wouldn't want to move there.
And this is different from the United States of America in 2004 how?

Obviously, the USA isn't as bad as UAE, but with the Religious Right in power and the increasing growth of government all around in the USA, you gotta wonder if we are heading in that direction in our lifetime...
 

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With the risk of massive religious bigotry and curtail on individual freedom? I'm sure you wouldn't want to move there.
And this is different from the United States of America in 2004 how? Obviously, the USA isn't as bad as UAE, but with the Religious Right in power and the increasing growth of government all around in the USA, you gotta wonder if we are heading in that direction in our lifetime...
The country is obviously going to the wrong direction but I don't see any chance the US going into an authoritarian state. Plus I fail to see how contemporary Christian extremism could develop in a large scale. Btw, in light of this consideration I'm curious what your action will be in the next presidential election?
 

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with the Religious Right in power
Hey, I resemble that remark
Bradford Making his paycheck working in the vast right wing conspiracy
 

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With the risk of massive religious bigotry and curtail on individual freedom? I'm sure you wouldn't want to move there.
And this is different from the United States of America in 2004 how? Obviously, the USA isn't as bad as UAE, but with the Religious Right in power and the increasing growth of government all around in the USA, you gotta wonder if we are heading in that direction in our lifetime...
Oh please with the consipracy theories. Weren't people saying the same things in the 80's with Reagan? I've heard this, but don't know if it's true (too young).
 

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I never said anything about conspiracies. I was only noticing trends. You must admit our country has strayed far, far away from the Constitution as our forefathers drafted it. But, I think the checks and balances they wisely designed into it will preclude us from any Nazi-like state or theocracy as the RR wishes we were. Still, I think some folks will want to test the limits as much as they can -- see federally approved "faith-based initiatives". Mixing church and state is a no-no, but that's not keeping the RR from pushing the limits and slowly chiseling away at our basic principles, seeing how much they can force their views on everyone else, a la Omar and the Taliban. The only difference is the chosen religion used to coerce political power. In the end, there is no difference at all.
 

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I never said anything about conspiracies. I was only noticing trends. You must admit our country has strayed far, far away from the Constitution as our forefathers drafted it. But, I think the checks and balances they wisely designed into it will preclude us from any Nazi-like state or theocracy as the RR wishes we were. Still, I think some folks will want to test the limits as much as they can -- see federally approved "faith-based initiatives". Mixing church and state is a no-no, but that's not keeping the RR from pushing the limits and slowly chiseling away at our basic principles, seeing how much they can force their views on everyone else, a la Omar and the Taliban. The only difference is the chosen religion used to coerce political power. In the end, there is no difference at all.
Careful, that's unpatriotic according to Limbaugh, O'Reilly, Hannity & Associates.

Speaking as a Christian, it's amazing to see how intolerant, xenophobic, racist, and self-righteous the religious rights could be.

Btw, you are going for an exam tomorrow?
 

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Amazing- I agree with Vero on a political issue... And as I've posted before I always thought conspiracy theories were way off base, until recently. This is the second major election where IMO choice is only an illusion. Interesting theory I read recently, that the Constitution and our government were modeled after the Iroquois nation, with one major difference, which you all might find fascinating. Then we systematically exterminated Indians and stole their land... Who's next- gays and liberals (Steve B. going underground- what fun)
 

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Well, got back today, was good.


No, I am not going to live there, just another property.


Strange how you can compare the UAE to places like Afganistan and Iraq...

Religious issues - I belive I would have more problems than any of you, beacuse Muslims despise Hindus, more than they do Americans or Christians. The fact that there are no problems (in my experince) says a lot.
 

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Btw, you are going for an exam tomorrow?
Yes, I am. Level II. It's going to be a humbling experience I can already tell. I took the whole week off to study for it. My head is swimming with numbers, concepts, formulae, rules, exceptions, etc. It's voluntary insanity really. My wife made me stop studying promptly at 7 PM. We went out to a nice dinner to just let my mind relax and think about something else for a while. Now she's drawing a hot bath for me with candles, incense, etc. Ah, the married life.
So, I'll wake up tomorrow morning and start the six hour slug through who knows what questions they will throw at me. Should be...interesting?
 

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Well, I survived it.

The morning session was three hours of 19 essay questions. I never got to two of them. So, I did my best on 17 of them.

The afternoon session was three more hours of case studies with 60 multiple choice questions. I finished these with an hour to spare. So, I used an hour to double check my answers and made changes to about three or four of them.

Pass or fail? Who knows.?

I gave it my best. I'll know the results in August sometime. 2005 will be either Level III or Level II again.

Either way, I'm learning a lot.
 

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