Dubai Bling: Diamonds and Glamour Cannot Hide the Emirate’s Dark Side

Diana Moukalled
Lebanese Writer and Journalist

The Netflix reality TV series on the lives of the rich and famous in Dubai in fact offers very little that is “for real.” In the Gulf countries, art and entertainment increasingly serve as a luminous facade to cover up social and political repression.

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