PR Scorecard: Good PR / Bad PR: The UAE in the Spotlight

Until relatively recently, most Americans probably never heard of the United Arab Emirates. But increasingly, this confederation of seven tiny emirates (most notably Dubai)

has generated considerable attention in the American and European media. The UAE is transforming itself into the dominant Persian Gulf destination for commerce, industry, sports

and culture. Massive construction projects have reshaped the landscape and the influx of visitors to the country's ultra-modern luxury tourism and shopping centers has turned

this once-sleepy backwater into a vibrant economic powerhouse. But has there been a PR price to pay for this? This week, we examine three recent news developments from the UAE

to determine if the country is on track with platinum-covered Good PR or if it being weighed down with tinny Bad PR.