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An Indian worker, one of 1.6 million foreign workers in the Emirates


HH Sheikh Maktoum owns Dubai Holdings, which owns Jumeria Beach Residences


On the bus from Sonapour camp to the building site, 5am


Shrine to Ganesh in an Indian dormitory in Sonapour

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A Pakistani Carpenter who works for one of the 6 Jumeirah Beach contractors


Model of Jumeria Beach Residences at Emitrates Towers mall. Prices start from a quarter of a million dollars


The property boom has been fuelled by the opening of the housing markets to foreign buyers, mostly Europeans


Building site graffiti. Workers are paid Eastern wages

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To build buildings which sell for Western prices


Someone must be making a lot of money somewhere


HH Sheikh Maktoum is also Prime Minister


And ruler of Dubai, as was his father

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Outside Fairouz supermarket, Sonapour labour camp


The food queue, worker's compound, Sonapour


Steelworker. In summer temperatures can reach 50 degrees


A model of Jumeria Beach in Dubai Properties' office. Dubai Properties is a subsidiary of Dubai Holdings

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The view from floor 22. The penthouses here will sell for 2.7 million dollars


Sonapour, waiting for the bus at about 4.30am


A Pakistani painter who couldn't find a job back home in computing


Pakistani workers enjoy Iftar in the dorm. This compound has no dining rooms

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A present for family back home in Pakistan


This section of the compound is due for demolition. The new buildings will be nicer


The development features 36 residential and 4 hotel towers, providing 6500 housing units, luxury apartments, penthouses and beach clubs


Waiting for the bus back to the camp after work, about 2.30pm

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There are traffic jams at 6am from Sonapour to Dubai. The camp is way out in the desert


The airport, where 8 workers died when a wall collapsed in 2004


Foreign workers make up about three quarters of the Emirates population. Like everyone else, they have no vote




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