The Emirates and How It Serves Its Nationals and “Others”
Featured Speaker: Kamesh Gupta, MEng
Beyond the glamour and the attractions that drive tourism, there is Dubai, a young country of the United Arab Emirates that operates in a determined fashion to create a utopia for its own two million Nationals while keeping the “Others,” eight million Non-Nationals, under financial and human rights constraints. This lecture will address how the country created its constitution 50 years ago so that the benefits of a newly discovered bounty of oil flowed to its citizens and helped create a sustainable economy beyond oil. The lecture will also explore the Dubai legal system based on refined Shariya law, the treatment of the underclass labor force, and its female population.
Kamesh Gupta is a professional engineer, retired from General Motors. His career involved environmental and energy management in industrial and commercial sectors. He is involved in the study of climate change, its drivers, and mitigation strategies, and his curiosity of world cultures has taken him to over 60 countries. Kamesh is currently serving on the Osher Council and the Curriculum Committee. He has a Master’s degree in engineering.
Coordinator: Mavis Porter
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