If people take such issue with Dubai developers, then they should have the same issue any time a state owned Chinese firm comes in and builds stuff, just saying.
Putting the Dubai issue aside, the fact that they're looking for such a partnership here clearly signals they're serious about this project, and probably not looking to VE either.
Dubai may be built on the backs of slave labour but it does know how to do tourism, which in the limited context in which that pertains to NF is most certainly a positive.
Every single one of these Niagara Falls proposals is seeking out an international equity partner. This article is the best in marketing fluff. Any truth to being Dubai fanboys comes across as amateurish. Why would you limit yourself to a handful of local developers in Dubai? Sobha is very active developer in Dubai. They're Indian.