I’ve had my heart broken a few times, but nothing like Dubai renaming their 6 year old metro stations is raping my 28 year old nostalgic anus.
But there is renaming for the good, and there is renaming for selling his ass to the higher offer, like a Russian prostitute on Tinder. For an Emirate that’s thriving to be a touristic destination, someone has to explain to me something. When a random douchebag chooses to come to Dubai, he will ride on the Dubai Metro (because, mash’allah, that’s why). How in the fuck can he get to Dubai Marina when the station leading there is called DAMAC PROPERTIES – all in capitals. You imagine the confusion: you wanted to go to the beach and have some dinner, then you’ll find yourself in an office with a tie-up cunt trying to put you in debts for a duplex with a view of a giant anus palm tree. And that is not even the most disappointing change, because honestly, who cares about Russian tourists wanting to show off their mulet hairstyle on The Walk.
When YOU change OUR landmarks, for US residents of Dubai, and for instance rename the Al Karama station with an Abu Dhabi bank name? Come on. And you probably think this will give a good image to the bank… Money doesn’t buy love my friends.
Dubai has been on a frenzy selling their stations and renaming them after banks, electronic stores and real estate brokers. We had Khalid bin Al Walid, we have Burjuman (ok perhaps this one sounds nicer, still a mall), we had Jebel Ali, we have UAE Exchange, we had landmarks, we got advertising force-fed deep in our habits. In other countries, station names are given after neighborhoods, historical characters or events; but they are never sold to the most offering.
Last but not least question: When will they rename Union, (Al Ittihad, referring to the union of the seven, birth of the modern Emirates) to…….. Pizza Hut? A matter of time and big money. I’d personally prefer Papa John’s.