Dubai-less in Gaza

Twenty Friedman units ago today, our columnist trotted out one of his favorite chestnuts – that if the Palestinians would just be more sensible, Gaza could be another Dubai.

Specifically, “The deal just brokered by Condoleezza Rice that will open Gaza’s borders to the world for trade and labor is really the key. If this deal proceeds, and Gaza is open, it has a chance to become more like Dubai and less like Mogadishu.”


Of course, the deal did not hold, but one might consider that simply throwing the borders open to trade does not come close to guaranteeing Dubai-style prosperity – and that Dubai itself has a rather unsavory habit of exploiting foreign workers.


Friedman, Thomas L. 2005. “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner.” The New York Times. Nov. 18: A29.


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