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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a confederation of states on the Arabian Peninsula bordering the Persian Gulf. The country is wealthy because of its oil claims (particularly Abu Dhabi), but also because the states are international centers of commerce. The gulf airlines (Emirates and Etihad) are among the best (and busiest) in the world. The country is at the center of the 21st century.

But this country is more than a business center. The dessert offers opportunities for 4×4 driving, sand boarding, and even riding camels. There are beaches on the Persian Gulf and plentiful opportunities to enjoy water sports. But the UAE is most known for its institutions that have reached legendary status: the Ski Dubai ski park, the man made islands of the Palm Dubai, the tallest skyscraper in the world, the largest mosque in the world, and the most outrageous gold and gem market. The UAE is unlike any other country in the world.

Shopping in the Dubai Gold Souk

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Dubai has a reputation as a modern, cosmopolitan city. In Dubai, bigger is better: world’s tallest building, world’s largest mall, etc. However, in Bur Dubai and along the banks of the Dubai Creek, you hear the echoes of the old Dubai. In the heart of this area, we encountered the Dubai Gold Souk and knew

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The ONTC Buses

Working on the ONTC Bus on Our Way to Muscat

We are generally fans of getting out there and trying to experience as much of the local environment as possible. When I first discovered that I would be traveling to Dubai, UAE for work, I hit on the idea of also going to Muscat, Oman. My graduate school hosted many Omani exchange students. I have

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