The issue (IMHO) shouldn't be whether or not you can eat bacon, wear shorts or drink beer. The issue should be whether or not you will have the same exact freedoms teaching/researching at NYUAD as you do at NYU.
Unfortunately you absolutely do not. You are also supporting a dictatorship that has a horrific human rights record (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_rights_in_the_United_Arab_Emirates
). That's ok because they give the US oil so we protect them and make them open McDonalds in their country. Otherwise their government is worse than the Taliban.
There is no way a country that punishes homosexualty by prison, kidnaps trans people at a party and takes them to jail where they are injected with testosterone, denies free speech (they have an entire department monitoring all written/visual materials coming into the country - you go to jail for having loosely defined "pornography"), jails people for even subtly mentioning the royal family or Islam in any critical way and is built on the backs of modern day slavery by its very definition would ever allow events like:
- Gay Pride Parade UAE
- Holocaust Remembrance Day
- Pasolini Film Festival
- Labor Day
- Protests against Professors who have been jailed (even writing a letter to the editor of the Khaleej Times about it) - ("Sorbonne-Abu Dhabi lecturer Nasser Ben Ghaith was arrested for making pro-democracy remarks in April 2011, alongside two other pro-democracy campaigners including blogger Ahmed Mansoor" - wikipedia).
He's still in jail five years later - http://www.amnestyusa.org/get-involved/take-action-now/united-arab-emirates-release-dr-nasser-bin-ghaith-immediately-ua-18315
Saying you can wear a bikini at the pool at the Hyatt isn't freedom to me. Having an open brothel like they do at the Al Ain Palace Hotel's bar the Ally Pally isn't freedom to me.
Selling your NYU values out for money to a dictatorship is selling out. It doesn't matter if you teach the Communist Manifesto on your little bubble on campus. Nobody is going to discuss it off campus because they will disappear, especially if they are non-Western and poor.
They bought you like a trophy wife. And they are still a completely horrific government that should not be supported in any way, especially by association, if you truly believe in academic freedom.