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E-Travelling

E-Travelling
E-Travelling
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The invitation from the Dubai International Film Festival came by e-mail. So did the air ticket and the visa. My one experience of an e-ticket was on a trip to Ireland a year ago. No problems at Mumbai airport, no problems at Heathrow, but Dublin was another matter: they'd never seen one so I was isolated at the boarding gates, coming and going, as if I had a communicable tropical disease, so an e-visa now seemed like even more trouble. It says something about Dubai's pragmatism that not only was it not, but another invitee who showed up from India without any visa at all got in without too much fuss at all.

Pragmatism is what drives Dubai. Over the years, oil revenues have been dipping, so that they are only ten per cent of the total now, and will soon be a mere five per cent. So Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince who runs Dubai like a corporation, decided that alternative sources of revenue were needed. Consultants were hired and new directions to move in were...

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