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“On land and in the sea, our forefathers lived and survived in this environment. They were able to do so because they recognised by instinct and because of their sensitivity to issues relating to their land the need to conserve it.” This quote is also by Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. This quote I think really relates to how our economy is now. Everyone is freaking out because they think the world is going to end and crazy things like that. In reality we are going through an economic crisis which has happened before in the world so it should be okay if it happens again. Right now we keep building and building in the United States and in the United Arab Emirates because we just want the best. In reality it is not good to keep building because who is it helping? Nobody has money to afford these new structures and at the same time we are destroying our land. The land we have now is good enough for us and we should be happy with it.

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“Nobody can live the present without recalling the past. It is from history that we learn and acquire excellence.” This quote is by Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. I really like this quote for many reasons. If you don’t learn from your mistakes then how can you succeed? I know that as I have gone through school I have had to make mistakes before I can ever do something completely right. Sheikh Zayed must be talking about the Sheikhs before him. He is in charge so what he does counts and if he messes up it is his fault. If he messes up by doing something another Sheikh has already done wrong then people are going to get mad at him for not learning from them. I believe that the people learn from trial and error. This is something that probably not everyone believes because a lot of people try to be perfect. I feel that if people never make mistakes then when they finally make one they are going to make it a much bigger deal than it really is. You can’t live in the present until you accept what has happened in the past.

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I really like a quote by Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan is “A country is not measured by the size of its area on the map. A country is truly measured by its heritage and culture.” When thinking about this quote I think of not how big Dubai is but how many people are there.

Historical populations
Year Pop.
1963 95,000
1968 180,226 89.7%
1975 557,887 209.5%
1980 1,042,099 86.8%
1985 1,379,303 32.4%
1995 2,411,041 74.8%
1999 2,938,000 21.9%
2003 4,041,000 37.5%
2009 5,671,112 40.3%

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Arab_Emirates#Demographics

I got this chart from wikipedia because I wanted to show how much the United Arab Emirates has grown. This is just showing how sustainable the United Arab Emirates really is. Dubai is only represented by seventeen percent Emirati the rest are all foreign. I think that it is so cool that the majority of the population of Dubai is from other countries. I think Dubai is one of the only places that has so many other countries represented in one places. I think it is great that the United Arab Emirates is trying to preserve their heritage. I think the fact that there are so many other countries that are represented there it gives them so much heritage. I really like this quote and I think that it is great that their heritage is so important.

Dubai Airport

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“As of July 2010, there are over 6,000 weekly flights operated by 130 airlines to over 220 destinations across every continent except Antarctica.”- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dubai_International_Airport This number is astounding to me. At our FedEx company visit they told us that there are over ten million passengers coming through the Dubai airport yearly. That is a crazy amount of people.  “Dubai International Airport will be complemented by Al Maktoum International Airport (Dubai World Central International Airport), a new 140 km2 (54 sq mi) airport that will help handle the influx of travellers well into the future. It began cargo operations on 27 June 2010 and is expected to begin passenger operations by March 2011.”- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dubai_International_Airport   This just shows how much this airport is being used. I am from Illinois and Chicago use to be the busiest airport in the world but that has now changed. If I had my choice I would choose that the Dubai airport is the busiest international airport.


Majesty Yachts

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I thought this place was incredible. Majesty Yachts just sounds like something incredible. When we got there I was just in awe at all the yachts we saw. Like can you believe that people can afford these beautiful yachts? I can’t believe it. After taking a tour of their company we walked past all of the workers going on their lunch break. I was then told information about their workers. They make under eight hundred dollars a month. Which in the United States is not a lot but how much people get paid is still a new thing over there. After talking with people from my trip I realized that the people at this company are actually being exploited. That really surprised me but I never would of thought that. The workers were promised that they would get benefits out of working in the United Arab Emirates. Workers had to pay large amount of money to labor-supply agencies to the countries they were from which then allows them to work in the UAE. This makes no sense to me. Do you think that the workers there are being exploited?

Saadiyat Island

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What do you think of when you see the words Saadiyat Island? I think foreign, new, different and unsustainable. Saadiyat Island is this dream island that is still in the process of being finished. It is going to be one of the top ten most trendy places in the world. The question is will it work? The people who are going to be staying on this island are going to have to be loaded. Emirati people are going to be my first guess of people who want to live there but they can’t all move to Saadiyat island because then what would happen to the Emirates? All the people who are making the businesses prosper there will be gone so the businesses will fail.  I also just don’t understand how the island is going to survive? They say they are going to have schools there but it seems like it will take a long time to get enough students to fill those schools. Another thing that confuses me is how they are going to fill all of the hotels and all their tourists things because with this economy it is hard to get people to spend so much money. What do you think?

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“Our grandfathers and ancestors have left a wealth of cultural heritage we are proud of.”-Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan This quote really stood out to me because it is true. Everywhere you go around the world there is cultural heritage. Not everywhere around the world has culture they are proud of though. Going to Dubai I think they have many reasons to be proud of their culture. Dubai has not been around for an extremely long time so the fact that they have prospered so much it a little amount of time makes it so amazing. If I was from Dubai I would be proud of how fast they have become such an incredible place. When we went to Museums in Dubai and the other States we learned a lot about their history and their heritage. It was great to know that even though they haven’t been a blooming place for along time they still are proud of where they have come from. I am proud of Americas heritage but the fact that Dubai hasn’t been around as long as America makes it that much more interesting. What are your opinions?

 

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