FOXTROTSFox – sly.  Trots – left-leaning (Trotsky) plus its more insalubrious meaning.  Foxtrots – leading the industry in a dance. 

2006 September 20


Double standards. Terrible news. 


I am puzzled why certain
US senators, and a majority of the
US population, have not moved to stop Kingdom Hotels investing and managing hotels in the
US – in
Fairmont and Four Seasons, in which Kingdom owns equity. (I know these two are Canada-based companies, but you know what I mean.)


Kingdom is clearly a terrorist operation; not only is it Saudi owned, but it is now planning a stockmarket listing in
Dubai. And as all right-thinking people know, anything related to
Dubai is also terrorist-related.


What more proof is needed? 


Unfortunately, this scenario is not too far from reality. There was strong and sadly-wide support in the
US to stop a
Dubai government company from running six ports in the
US after its takeover of P&O Shipping.


Not only is P&O in itself not far removed from the travel business, but its Dubai buyer, Dubai Holdings (which comes in many forms), also owns Madame Tussauds in London, the Jumeirah hotel group, and Thomas Cook Travel in India. (Nothing was said, ironically, when Jumeirah Hotels recently bought the Essex House hotel in
New York.)