Seriously, don’t go there.

It’s pretty much impossible to get to Europe from Australia without flying through Dubai, so I have been there very briefly. We didn’t step outside the airport and, moreover, we didn’t step outside the first class airport because, yes. This is a society so stratified by money that they effectively have three entirely separate airports: one for economy travellers, one for business, one for first.

It was a… nice enough airport, and I had some pretty sweet fish cakes for breakfast. It did not escape me that every single person I saw working there looked to be non-Arab Muslim.

Don’t get me wrong: I’m sure Dubai is one of those places that’s great if you’re extremely wealthy, extremely straight, and, preferably, extremely male. For the rest of us… no thanks.