The growing popularity of Dubai as a destination for British journalists has been fuelled by disillusionment and a feeling that there is a lack of opportunities available in the UK, according to the former Sunday Times editor Andrew Neil.
Writing in the Observer, Neil – who chairs Gulf magazine publisher ITP – said: “They see their country [Britain] as crime-ridden, shabby, lacking opportunities. None is now in a hurry to return.
“The cost of living is very high in this booming Gulf city-state and overall they are not much better off than they would be in Blighty. But still they don’t want to go back.