- Interest is illegal in Islam, hence the user fee based banking. Conservative Muslims actually frown on Capitalism in general, that's one of the reasons that the Osama targeted the World Trade Center.
- The locals consider menial work demeaning, so they import low skilled labor from Asia. You've got a lot of Pakistanis, Indians, and Philipinos there. The conditions range from decent, to abhorrent.
My of my buddies saw a non-native beaten in the streets for drinking a bottle of water - this was during Ramadan when the locals were fasting.
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