The economy of Dubai sustains itself reactively. It is a Las Vegas phenomenon and a global theme park of sorts. And as sure as gravity, a recession in any major country will have a negative effect on Dubai.
Dubai culture in general is based on race. The general rule is reflected both in the way the overall population regards you (e.g. low regard, high regard, or indifferent) and this is directly proportional to pay grade and lifestyle.
“…marketing sometimes clouds government perceptions in the same way that vanity clouds the good sense of the average Joe.”