Dubai Marina fire

On my way here to Dhaka the big headline on the front page of Gulf News in Dubai was: “Tower fire traps workers.” At the time of going to press four had been killed and scores treated for smoke inhalation. I scanned the page and sure enough I found what i was anticipating: the head of the trauma centre at Rashid Hospital said the workers were mainly chinese, indians and bangladeshis. You will recall i posted an item some weeks back about record keeping in the Emirates. I refer to recording deaths of migrant workers. In fact last year over 800 bodies were sent home and yet the emirates recorded only 34. Anyway, the Gulf News states that an investigation has started…

Whatever my thoughts about Dubai’s labour regime, I have to say that I am a long time and avid reader of Gulf News. It is a great publication.