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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Tremer Productions Ltd.
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 49 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2007
Available in French: Yes

From the ski slopes in the desert to man-made islands grouped to look like continents, Dubai is like no other place in the world. Surrounded by war zones, Dubai is an oasis of calm and the home of superlatives - the biggest building, the largest airport, the tallest hotel, the biggest mall, the richest horse race - and the list goes on. Forty years ago it was a sleepy backwater, but now Dubai is a magnet for the young and ambitious from around the world. While it has become a centre of luxury and excess, it is also home to hundreds of thousands of migrant labourers who have few or no rights. They, along with a tsunami of other expats, are transforming Dubai into an economic and tourist powerhouse. To accommodate these foreigners, especially the tourists, Dubai, a Muslim state, turns a blind eye to some of these visitors' excesses, to the great displeasure of many of the local Emirati. The driving force behind all this change is Dubai's leader, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum. He, with the help of his Maktoum relatives, has set Dubai on a daring course to be the first non-oil based economy in this volatile part of the world.

Awards: Nominated for a 2008 Canadian Screenwriting Award in the documentary category.

Links: http://www.tremer.org

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