Dubai Censors Brokeback Mountain
Dubai is going to have to do better than that if it is going to achieve its desire to become the liberal, metropolitan destination of the Middle East and take Beirut's title. Sure, it won a World Travel Award in 2005 for Best Destination in the Middle East, but that can change. Especially as gay travellers get tired of Paris, São Paolo and San Francisco.
As I recall, a few months ago no one thought that the movie would screen here in Beirut, either. But now it's been at the Concord for almost a month, even if it lacks a few lascivious minutes. The Lebanese newspaper As-Safir even gave it a passable review.
The Middle East Online article says that Brokeback Mountain is being hawked by Chinese bootleggers in Dubai. I expect that, within a few years, Dubai will loosen its grip on censorship. Any press is not good press when it comes to tourism, and no city loves money more than Dubai. Except Riyadh.