There was a news item in the local paper regarding the salary freeze at UAE colleges. A few staff members at the school I work in were quoted pretty extensively. While I have no idea who the person is (as I'm sure is how they wanted it) everything they said was true. It seems that the UAE may be in economic decline. Either that or they realized that they don't have to pay people as much to come here as they have been.
Lest I seem ungrateful, I would like to say that I came to Abu Dhabi to work at the Higher Colleges of Technology knowing what the conditions of my hiring would be and what my salary and benefits would be and am still happy with the conditions. However, this erosion of the working conditions makes me nervous. It is similar to what I saw in Japan. As the demand for English teachers fell, so the work conditions of English conversation schools and universities.
In my opinion, much as the decline of the golden age in Japan ended 15 or 20 years ago, I think this may be the beginning of the end in the UAE.