This man has sold Dubai to the world as the city of One Thousand and One Arabian Lights, a Shangri-La in the Middle East insulated from the dust-storms blasting across the region.He dominates the Manhattan-manqué skyline, beaming out from row after row of glass pyramids and hotels smelted into the shape of piles of golden coins.Johann Hari reports The wide, smiling face of Sheikh Mohammed – the absolute ruler of Dubai – beams down on his creation.His image is displayed on every other building, sandwiched between the more familiar corporate rictuses of Ronald Mc Donald and Colonel Sanders.And there he stands on the tallest building in the world – a skinny spike, jabbing farther into the sky than any other human construction in history.But something has flickered in Sheikh Mohammed's smile.
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Meanwhile, just a few days earlier, a 28-year-old from Bristol, England, had disappeared in full view of some of the principality’s 520 cameras after a drunken fight in a nightclub on the port.
The body of Michael Graydon was recovered 13 days after he vanished, half-hidden behind the church near where he was last seen.
Widowed, divorced or abandoned by their children, some now find themselves without a social safety net and so are forced to take up prostitution.
Some get paid to drink with older men and only occasionally have sex with them.