The investment requirements of the world famous franchise are not that onerous, on the contrary, these are easily available in any of our countries. The issue; however, is not the required investment, the entertainment, nor tourism value of such an enterprise. I am not against the move per se, it doesn’t make any difference to me and I have enjoyed visiting Hooters before – in a journalistic research capacity of course! It is up to the patron’s own set of values if they wish to enter such a restaurant or any other establishment, it is a personal choice after all.
The issue; however, is the continuing disappearance of the Arab and Muslim culture from that thriving city, a fact which has been quite evident for some time. If they understand and appreciate this state of affairs, then all power to them. I hope they make their residents and visitors happy. But is there space for both to coexist?
In Bahrain we have seen already several instances where these issues have come to the surface, and although ours cannot be compared in daring as what is being proposed in Dubai, feathers continue to fly in our parliament. Fortunately this time the liberals were not afraid to clearly stand against the Islamists and come out vehemently against them. I hope that this will be the turning point in which the Islamists will understand that there is a growing reaction to their pompous morality police mentality, and that the liberals do not let their guard down and stand their ground against that retroactive mentality.
I am wondering though if in fact Hooters becomes a reality, will that affect the countries around Dubai as well? Will that sort of openness drag its neighbours into the same era, if indeed such a thing could be regarded as modernity?
If Hooters does open in Dubai; though, they should first and foremost hire burly bouncers to keep the peace even before the first stick of furniture is ordered! Can you imagine its patrons living by the rule of “look but don’t touch” after a drink of two? Especially if bodyshots are also included on the menu?
I think I will pass on the opportunity of checking that restaurant out! But that should be quite a subject for a documentary!