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Old December 3rd, 2005, 11:16 PM   #1
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Is the UAE a first world country?

hey,

i was just wondering- does the UAE count as a first world country yet and if not, how close is it to being one? also, does anyone know what the exact specifications for being a first world country are?

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Old December 3rd, 2005, 11:49 PM   #2
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well im gona be all technical and pediantic.

1st, 2nd and 3rd world refers to cold war allegences.

1st world indicated all the nations alligned with the western bloc

2nd world refered to all nations in the eastern bloc

3rd world refered to all nations who took a stand as being non aligned, including china.

ok, so as you see its a political measure, not an economic one. and also out of date by about 15 years. yet it is still banded around by the media
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Old December 4th, 2005, 12:05 AM   #3
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so really it has nothing to do with economic, social and political progress? well, that sucks... is there another way to classify the countries of the world then? 'cos it would be cool to see where the UAE stands, as in, is it a developed country or a developing one?
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Old December 4th, 2005, 12:31 AM   #4
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UAE is developing country.. but it is the first information/services economy based in the middle east. ( leading country in info & serv. in ME ) but we do not have good industry base so we are developing country. ( 2nd world country )
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Old December 4th, 2005, 12:58 AM   #5
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well, there's the HDI

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HDI

full list http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...elopment_Index
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Old December 4th, 2005, 01:13 AM   #6
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Yup, developing
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Old December 4th, 2005, 01:37 AM   #7
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yes I also think its a developing country. the economy needs a little time to mature
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Old December 4th, 2005, 01:40 AM   #8
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being a developed country does not mean just the economy.

it also mean human rights, democracy, and a bunch of other things.
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Old December 4th, 2005, 01:47 AM   #9
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personally i think there is enough democracy in the UAE.

democracy is not about votes and elections. it is about the will of the people. as an expat, the UAE is following the will of the majority. since UAE citizens are the minority, their will does not seem like it is being followed. as for human rights, everyday things are improving.
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Old December 4th, 2005, 01:55 AM   #10
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agree it is the perfect mix which has to be found (e.g majority will = expats and UAE citizen's will, which HAS to count more even though this is minority)
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Old December 4th, 2005, 02:16 AM   #11
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Its a fantastic place the UAE that is who cares if a bunch of old smelly men in Europe call the UAE third world
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Old December 4th, 2005, 03:46 AM   #12
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Quote:
Originally Posted by luv2bebrown
personally i think there is enough democracy in the UAE.

democracy is not about votes and elections. it is about the will of the people. as an expat, the UAE is following the will of the majority. since UAE citizens are the minority, their will does not seem like it is being followed. as for human rights, everyday things are improving.
following the will of the majority? totally wrong

It seems that u forgot that the majority of expats are also muslims and they are against those stuff mostly so, I really dont know what r u talking about. Beside since when expats interest, if it goes against the citizens will, important anyway? no offence

Why do u think they are going to allow the Emiratis to vote?

Because we seriously need it especially after reading this post

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Old December 4th, 2005, 12:35 PM   #13
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hey,

i was just wondering- does the UAE count as a first world country yet and if not, how close is it to being one? also, does anyone know what the exact specifications for being a first world country are?

thanks a lot,

~ Damien
I have studied this and the correct answer is that the U.A.E is a developing coutry, BUT, it has chosen to declare itself as such.

No World body designates countries as either developed, developing or third World. When a country declares itself as developed, it HAS to make regular contributions towards a global fund managed by the UN to safeguard the interests of the third world countries. As a developing country, no contributions need to be made formally and the UN may assist if and when there is a crisis. Third world countries obviously recieve grants and hand outs from this fund and are always in need of assistance of some form.

Just to put things into perspective, Singapore, which is argued by analysts to be a developed country, has declared itself as a developing country simply so that it can avoid making hefty contributions towards that global fund. And also, these "contributions" amount to a specific percentage of country's GDP.

So there.
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Old December 4th, 2005, 01:12 PM   #14
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In my opinion is the U.A.E already a developed country. When i was in Hong Kong (a developing city in my opinion) i had a small culture shock (i hope this is the English word for Kultushock). In Tokyo i was very fine, same in Dubai. I don`t know how to say this. I just had never the feeling that i am in a developing country.

I would say:
The U.A.E is a fast growing developed country.
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Old December 4th, 2005, 01:19 PM   #15
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hmmm, I didnt get it.

How can u call HK a developing city and the UAE a developed country?

can u explain more because I really want to know.
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Old December 4th, 2005, 02:35 PM   #16
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hmmm, I didnt get it.

How can u call HK a developing city and the UAE a developed country?

can u explain more because I really want to know.
It`s difficult for me to explain it.

Do you know Shenzhen? Shenzhens GDP per people is half as high as the one of Hong Kong. But if you walk in both cities you have the feeling they have very much in common. The behaviour of the people, the streets, the feeling. Okay they are very close and in both cities are the most people Chinese.......
But you don`t have the feeling that Hong Kong is much more developed than Shenzhen.

Dubai and Frankfurt have much more together, than Shenzhen and Dubai.

Itīs very very difficult to explain, It`s about how you feel a city(country).
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Old December 4th, 2005, 11:01 PM   #17
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To be considered a 1st world country, you would basically need two things:

1) High GDP Per Capita

2) Exporting your Goods/Services


The UAE has 1) down, not 2).


But anyway, these labels, like "Developed" and "Developing" countries and the labels WHO use are really outdated.


The UAE is unique and you shouldnt look at it with these kinds of terms.
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Old December 5th, 2005, 11:58 PM   #18
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Im sorry but GDP and exports have nothing to do with being '1st world'

check my 1st reply.
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Old December 6th, 2005, 12:55 AM   #19
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Third World has become more or less synonomous with Developing...

It's still used by the media because the meaning has transformed...

The UAE is very much developed in certain aspects, but still a bit backward in other ones...Overall i think its still a developing country, but at the forefront..Inshalla with reforms, a few more years, and most of us gulf countries will be 1st World, although we might not declare it, for the reasons Face81 gave
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how are the villages in the UAE? i doubt they are like the cities.
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