Repub­li­cans look to the fu­ture while Democrats worry

7 Days in Dubai - - US ELECTION -

There were long faces and shat­tered hopes for some, smiles and laugh­ter for oth­ers as Amer­i­can ex­pats came to­gether to watch his­tory in the mak­ing yes­ter­day morn­ing.

At DIFC’s Cap­i­tal Club, and also in the JW Mar­riott Mar­quis, gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, hedge fund man­agers, busi­ness­men and stu­dents alike watched Don­ald Trump de­feat Hil­lary Clin­ton.

Noor Naji, who or­gan­ised the Mar­riott event, said even as the hours passed and it got to 11am, view­ers stayed glued to the screens.

“It felt like peo­ple just didn’t have jobs to go to to­day,” he said. One Demo­crat voter shed tears as the re­sult came in and oth­ers walked out in frus­tra­tion.

Among those at the Cap­i­tal Club was Trump sup­porter Noel Har­mon, 25, a post-grad­u­ate stu­dent study­ing in Dubai who is orig­i­nally from Illi­nois. Har­mon has a “lot of faith” in Trump.

Look­ing to the near fu­ture, Har­mon said the cost of ed­u­ca­tion is among her great­est con­cerns, adding she has racked up about $60,000 in stu­dent debt.

She said: “I’m a Repub­li­can, I did vote for Don­ald Trump this year. And I’m sup­port­ing him be­cause I be­lieve our mid­dle class is weak­en­ing in the US. I think that Trump will be the best can­di­date to help pull the mid­dle class to­gether. “He has pro­posed and promised tax cuts for large busi­nesses as well as small busi­nesses. He’s also pro­posed tax cuts and de­duc­tions for stu­dents, the el­derly and peo­ple who need as­sis­tance with child­care.” She said that she did not be­lieve claims from a num­ber of women in the US that Trump in­ap­pro­pri­ately touched them. Har­mon said: “I ran for Miss Illi­nois and that was a Don­ald Trump pageant. He gave us a re­ally great plat­form. It had an ex­cel­lent mes­sage of strength and com­mu­nity for women.

“Pol­i­tics in the US are ex­tremely cor­rupt so it’s nice that we’ll have a fresh face.”

Dr Bill Wech­sler, Pro­fes­sor and Dean of Arts and Sciences at the Amer­i­can Uni­ver­sity in Dubai, said: “I think some of the busi­ness­men in­volved were try­ing to make sense of this from an eco­nomic per­spec­tive. There’s no ques­tion it was a his­toric mo­ment.”

An­drew Mash, 32, orig­i­nally from New York, who is a part­ner at Dubai’s Tan­dem Syn­di­cate Part­ners, was also in the crowd.

He said: “I voted for Hil­lary, the lesser evil. But I woke up this morn­ing and saw this and it felt right. The de­ci­sion has been made, the peo­ple have spo­ken and who knows maybe Trump will make Amer­ica great again. It’s like the Rea­gan times, he was from Hol­ly­wood, he had no ex­pe­ri­ence and he was a great Pres­i­dent.

“It’s not the end of the world. We have to move quickly though, not like Brexit.”

Noel Har­mon


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