The background of the Avenging Apostate is quite similar to mine. We're both Pakistanis who spent a large part of our lives in Saudi Arabia. Both of us have written about our journey away from Islam. I just finished reading about his life in a series of posts here at Infidel Bloggers Alliance.
If you want to learn more about the upbringing of a 'pious' Muslim, then you'll find his experience to be very illuminating.
This is right on:
Dubai does sell itself to the western world as a free state, but it actually isn’t. There are intelligence people all around you, listening to what you say all the time – keeping a close eye on what you do. Saying anything against Islam is prohibited in the UAE just like it is in Saudi Arabia. The only difference is that they don’t kill you for it – they put you in jail, fine you, and then deport you. Yes, it is free but only if you stay in the limits and boundaries provided to you by Islam. The same goes with all Islamic nations. It is Islam around me all over again and I feel suffocated.
I know that feeling all too well.