The world is not that small.

I’ve been hearing ads on the radio about direct flights from Toronto to Dubai:

“Responding to market demand, the new route will provide a first direct link between Canada’s largest city and Dubai, providing also convenient, ongoing access to the Middle East, Africa and the South Asian Subcontinent. We anticipate this route will be very popular, connecting Canada to our global network of soon to be over 90 cities worldwide,” said Sheikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Group.

And once you get there? According to the BBC:

Fair Trials International said arrests were being made over tiny quantities of drugs and over-the-counter medicines.

British tourist Keith Brown was sentenced to four years in prison after Dubai customs officers found a 0.003g trace of cannabis stuck to his shoe. […]

In one of the most extreme cases, it reported a man being held after poppy seeds from a bread roll were found on his clothes.

The moral? There will never be any direct flights from Vancouver to Dubai. Never. Ever. Ever.

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2 responses to “The world is not that small.

  1. Paul Laba

    Hello Izabella,

    We share the same last name. I am of Lebanese decent (my father’s side). Many of my relatives immigrated to Canada (Halifax) and the northeast U.S.

    I wondered if we might be related.

    Thanks!

  2. Paul:

    Given what you have said about your background, I don’t think that there’s any chance that we could be related.