Right before the Eid vacation I had been served an unhealthy dose of reality and discrimination that dropped me from cloud nine to the jagged rocks below. Spoiled as I am, this isn’t about not having things my way, rather about being punished for someone else’s sins.
I’ve basically cooled off now but following that ominous phone call last week I had been aggravated, infuriated, disappointed, crushed and extremely offended at the stupidity and the audacity of the UAE government. I work for a multinational with regional headquarters in Dubai. My boss had called me in for some work meetings with clients because they needed an Arabic speaking economist. They applied for a VISA for me to fly there for a week starting the 16th. I reserved a ticket and scanned and sent them passport pages.
A day before Eid they get called and told that the VISA request is denied. Upon asking what the grounds were they get told the following:
She’s a single Egyptian female under the age of 30 traveling unaccompanied by a me7rem!!
My boss is not an Arab, so to the poor guy the concept is completely alien. Even to me, I understand that this is a requirement in Saudi Arabia, but this is DUBAI for God’s sake. I grew up there. It’s the city I’ve called home for YEARS. They won’t give me access based on a sick generalization inspired by the misconduct of a rare few. I am extremely angry right now, more so at the bunch of girls giving us a reputation that dire that the UAE government is no longer welcoming.
I have no more to say and it’s taking every ounce of restraint not to curse.