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I wish they would just be straight with us on this because it just lowers the credibility of the show.

Another gripe: flat tires. Give me a break. You can't tell me that each leg has to have a "flat tire". I wonder how they choose the couple to suffer the setback; perhaps it's a coin-toss type of thing.

Ummmm. I have to disagree with both of these contentions. Fact is that the ladies are likely safe simply because of the presence of the cameraman. No one's going to be extremely shady while they're being filmed. Plus, Dubai is relatively westerner-friendly. (Not only that, I have had to rely on the kindness of strangers before - in the back and beyond in a tiny Thai village and people were more than willing to help.)

I'm sure the flat tire thing is not staged. I spent many years living in Southeast Asia. We did a lot of exploring and, invariably, encountered at least one type of car trouble on our longer trips. In many places cars are held together by a wing and a prayer. Parts / new cars are difficult to come by so people learn how to repair and keep things going. (This is particularly true in India, a country in which imports were limited until the 1990s.) Fact is these cars break down a lot.

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