United Arab Emirates

Dubai is located In The United Arab Emirates, in the middle east on the coast of the Persian Gulf. The official language of UAE is Arabic. UAE has recently been named one of the most developed countries in the world, with a GDP per capita of $65,000. With a Dry-Arid desert like climate, there is little arable land, only .56 percent. With such little land available for agriculture, the country make little money from farming. 30 years ago oil was discovered in UAE, this started the drive for urbanization in the country. UAE transformed from an impoverished desert country to a modern state. The economy was controlled by the oil market until 2008 when oil prices dropped. When oil prices dropped UAE reformed the economy so many jobs were located in the tertiary/service sector. In 2014, 78% of the workforce worked in the tertiary sector.


Dubai is the most populous city in UAE. The bulk of profits in Dubai come from the Western-styled economy, the main source of revenue for the city is tourism. The contestants will be visiting three large tourist attractions in Dubai,  the Dubai Museum, Jumeirah Mosque, and the Mall of the Emirates. The Dubai Museum is located in the Al Fahidi Fort which was built in 1787. This fort is the oldest standing building in Dubai. Within the museum contestants will be able to see Artifacts like boats, weapons, and musical instruments from life the traditional Emirates society. The official religion of UAE is Islam so the contestants will be visiting the Jumeirah Mosque. This mosque is considered Dubais most beautiful mosque and tours of the mosque are given daily to help tourists and visitors better understand the Islamic religion. The contestants will attend one of these tours. To witness the development and advancement of Dubai contestants will go to the Mall of Emirates. Similar to Mall of America, The Mall of Emirates has many stores and a small amusement park filled with rides. Along with shops and an amusement park, the mall has its own ski slopes completed with a ski lift.

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