‘Feral’ chil­dren spoil nice dinner at five-star ho­tel

7 Days in Dubai - - DEAR 7DAYS -

As long-term ex­pats in Dubai we have grown to ap­pre­ci­ate what the emi­rate has to of­fer in many ways. There are, how­ever, as­pects of liv­ing here that we en­joy less as ev­i­denced re­cently in a Dubai beach­side 5 star ho­tel. As my hus­band and I were en­joy­ing an evening meal the rel­a­tive calm was in­ter­rupted by the thun­der­ing ar­rival of an un­ruly en­tourage com­pris­ing of par­ents, 5 chil­dren and 2 over­worked stressed look­ing ser­vants. The par­ents sat by them­selves leav­ing the mob of loudly squab­bling feral chil­dren to be re­strained by the afore­said ser­vants. The cir­cus that en­sued im­pacted ev­ery diner for a ra­dius of 20 me­tres as th­ese chil­dren bat­tled be­tween them­selves and with be­lea­guered maids, scat­tered iPads, cut­lery, condi­ments with the clat­ter and din of items crash­ing to the floor - most dis­turbingly, th­ese odi­ous spawn took great de­light in hit­ting their maids with any­thing avail­able from hands, iPads to menus whilst waiters clam­bered around the floor pick­ing up af­ter - all of this whilst their be­mused par­ents of­fered an oc­ca­sional dis­in­ter­ested gaze from their smart­phones. Be­yond our ob­vi­ous an­noy­ance at hav­ing our evening calm ru­ined by this mêlée it is abun­dantly clear that th­ese chil­dren lack the ob­vi­ous nur­tur­ing and guid­ance owed to them by their par­ents and de­manded by civil so­ci­ety - the im­pact of this is al­ready seen across the strata of Dubai’s adult pop­u­la­tion from the stan­dard of road rules ob­ser­vance to the piti­fully un­founded ar­ro­gance ex­hib­ited by th­ese oc­cu­pants of the very top of our so­cial pyra­mid. It does make one fear for the fu­ture. Cyn­thia Dubai

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