Ben Anderson from BBC films this documentary in Dubai, the City of Gold daring to defy nature. To many, Dubai is an impossible dream come true, a megalopolis rising from sterile desert sands within a mere decade. Sheikh Mohammed, Dubai’s absolute monarch is often credited for being the dreamer of the many iconic skyscrapers and opulence that has put his city on the map. His name is synonymous with architectural wonders like the Palm Islands, the Burj Khalifa and the Burj Al Arab. But who really built them?
Follow Ben Anderson as he documents Dubai’s open secret: A caste system lies hidden in plain sight. At the lowest rung sit the underclass, a group of imported modern-day slaves trapped upon arrival. They come from the Indian subcontinent, lured in by tales of high-paying jobs and a lavish lifestyle. Then they land. Their passports are swiftly taken and withheld, and they find themselves prisoners. They are forced to labor virtually unpaid in paradise.
Meet the Slaves of Dubai, those who build all the glitz and glamour brick by brick, as each additional floor towers into the desert sun.