Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

M.A. in Journalism

First Advisor

Joseph B. Atkins

Second Advisor

Kristen Swain

Third Advisor

Vanessa Gregory

Relational Format



Over the last couple of years, migrant labor rights in Dubai have been under constant scrutiny. Repeatedly criticized for mistreating its vast unskilled-labor force, Dubai has put into place many recent initiatives to uplift their conditions. This research focuses on what it is like to be a part of the migrant labor force in the city. The lives of three characters in the migrant community are explored at length. When migrant workers are acknowledged and made to feel involved with the greater community outside the labor force they seem more content, are able to deter alienation, and are better able to put behind them the agitation of leaving their hometowns. The paper will abbreviate United Arab Emirates as UAE or call it Gulf / GCC from here on.



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