The UAE—-Blood Diamond Of The Middle East

Even the very worst autocratic civilisations of antiquity could not have produced such a filthily opulent spectacle as this, but, as ever with the repugnant splendour of the UAE, the media of the petrostate remained blissfully bereft of self-awareness as they pushed this as yet another triumphant moment for their country.

But this is not a case of mere rich ignorance. One ought not to think of the UAE as the Marie Antoinette of the world – it’s far more malign than that.