Instagrammable bimbos, infinity pools and young expatriates … welcome to Dubai, the new eldorado of the French


“Look, this is the pool of instagrammable bimbos”, launches the French tourist when arriving on the terrace of the restaurant located at 54e floor. The sentence has the merit of condensing many stereotypes about Dubai. We are on the edge of a infinity pool infinity edge offering a breathtaking view of a forest of skyscrapers. Adults line up to be photographed on a swing. An influencer berates a waiter. The call of the muezzin resounds. In bikinis under the Arabian sun, siliconized human beings strut about, cocktail in hand, in seductive postures intended to be shared on social networks, which testifies to an overall flexible application of Sharia law.

Welcome to Dubai, beacon of the Middle East, land of prosperity, stability and opportunity in the heart of a troubled region. The capital of ostentatious luxury, overconsumption and air-conditioned hypergrowth at the time of the environmental crisis. A promised land for some, a certain idea of ​​hell for others. A city-state that exercises, like it or not, a power of fascination on the planet. Especially on our compatriots.

26,000 French people live in the United Arab Emirates, including 17,000 in Dubai, the most populous of the seven territories that make up the federation. The trend is on the rise. A stream of newcomers has tumbled in recent months: 62,000 French visitors in the first quarter of 2021 – this is the third contingent of tourists, after the In

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