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Monkeys And Vodka: Clubbing in Dubai

A chic nightclub in the glittering, moneyed Gulf city of Dubai, has found itself in very hot water for allowing a monkey onto its premises. The concern? Animal abuse.

Photos showed the monkey attached to a leash and wearing a t-shirt. One image showed the monkey being force-fed vodka.

Dubai nightclub's pet monkey causes major animal rights backlash - https://t.co/a0MZne8r96 pic.twitter.com/PRA6LEcYTl

— Al Bawaba News (@AlBawabaEnglish) February 4, 2014

Angry patrons of various nationalities have since posted furious rebukes on the "Vanity" night club's Facebook page. An Australian woman living in Dubai summed up much of the sentiment: "Not a place where I would like to go, where idiots gather to see an animal suffer!!!"

Here's what the nightclub Vanity had to say for themselves.

This strange spectacle has brought to the fore various uneasy aspects of Dubai's modern identity: its role as a major economic center fueled by cheap labor and oil money; its infamous offerings for upscale night-life and sometimes over-the-top luxury (indoor ski slopes, and the like); and its position as home base to a population of foreigners that overwhelm the well-off minority of comparably conservative local Emiratis, who generally tend to keep to themselves.

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Photo of a drone on the tarmac during a military exercise near Vícenice, in the Czech Republic

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