The beauty of diversity is not something that we seem to appreciate in this day and age where racial profiling seems to be the norm around the world. With trending discrimination on specific races and ethnicities, it makes me question… Are we not in the 21st century? When turning on the news, there seems to be a showcase of the acceptance of racial profiling. From Mr Trumps comments that “All Mexicans are rapists and drug dealers!”, to the numerous discrimination cases of Muslims across the globe being accused of supporting or being a part of Daesh.
Why am I bringing this up? Well, my days of silence are gone! Walking through the streets of Dubai and watching how peaceful it is here and how all races from all around the world move here for work, and live together in harmony is simply refreshing.
I know some of you may be wondering how I came to this conclusion…
Well a few examples are;
- Taxis here receive fines from the police if they don’t pick you up (without valid reason) therefore, unlike numerous cases around the world, it eliminates racial discrimination.
- Every where you go, there is simply fair treatment, it is extremely organised therefore just waiting in line for food, amusement parks etc. is all based on your position in line and treatment is the same to all.
I sadly can’t say the same for other countries I have visited in the past. I have been a victim of racial discrimination when I have travelled to other countries. I thought it was just me who felt this way but having had the chance to speak to frequent travellers to Dubai, one thing is clear, they have never been a victim of racial discrimination here but again couldn’t say the same for other countries they had visited.
I thought it was important to shine some light on this topic as it is simply not acceptable in the 21st century to have such an ignorant view of the people around you as the world is a global village. The beauty of diversity is something that should never be unappreciated. No matter what religion or skin colour you might be, wouldn’t it be beautiful if we all treated each other the same or started showing that religions came about to create peace and not war?
Imagine if the world stood up against racism, against bigotry, against injustice?
For this post, my lovely friends; Faiza Hersi and Cindy Ugi accompanied me to the beautiful Miracle Gardens which in the arid Dubai isn’t where you’d expect to find the world’s biggest natural flower garden, but then again the state specialises in superlatives and the unexpected. The three of us represent different views, backgrounds and religions but treat each other with respect and cherish our friendship.
I hope this post may inspire you all to treat others the way you would like to be treated and start a ripple effect within your friend circles or communities, just like the unexpected Miracle gardens blooming in the desert environment of Dubai, you may create beautiful blooming friendships/relationships with people you would never expect to be friends with.