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This is Never Us



Part A: This is not Us
I am still discovering Dubai,
And I am a local, an Emirati,
So I enter one of the districts
The security officer stopped me,
 “Sorry sir, but you cannot enter,
This is a private community,
Only residents are allowed,
Even if you just want to pass thru.”

I am still discovering Dubai,
And I am a local, an Emirati,
So I enter one of the malls,
I see indecent men and women,
So I go to the security officer,
 “Sorry sir, but I cannot do that,
Even if they go against the law,
Even if there are posters showing
What is decent and what is not.”

I am still discovering Dubai,
And I am a local, an Emirati,
So on my way to meet my cousin
I pass by Jumeirah road at night,
And I see some of my people,
Altered into beings of indecency,
This is not the Emirati identity,
Nor is it from the pure culture.

Part B: This is still not Us
And so I hold this local pen
To share these discoveries,
To ask myself and you,
Where are we heading?
I cannot understand why-
Why is it illegal to walk
On my beautiful land?
What crime did I do to be
Treated like an outlaw?
And when, at last, the law
Is there it cannot be implemented,
Such as the indecent couple,
Or that lady who forgot
That Dubai is a Muslim city,
That there are culture and
Tradition and our identity,
And then you see from our sons,
Transform into ludicrous puppets,
Following the known junks,
And though, I am still discov-
Ering Dubai, and I am a local,
An Emirati, I still believe that
As an Emirati, this is not us.


Friday, 18th of January 2013

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