When the royal family of the United Arab Emirates approached filmmaker Tricia Regan about producing a documentary to bring autism in their country out of the closet, she was hesitant. Staging a play with autistic children in another culture was daunting. But she says the result was incredible.
New York University, the Louvre and Guggenheim Museums all plan to open up branches in the Emirates. The structures that will house these cultural entities are being built by workers living and working in very difficult situations.
Falconry has been an integral part of the heritage of the United Arab Emirates. And despite the rapid modernization the country has undergone, falconry remains culturally significant. So much so that there's a massive veterinary hospital devoted to caring for the birds.
An amateur poet won $1.3 million on a TV talent show called "Million's Poet" in the United Arab Emirates last week. The show, compared to "American Idol" for poetry, ended its sixth season. As literary prizes go, the only thing that comes close to this amount of money is the Nobel Prize for Literature with $1.2 million.
Correspondent Ben Gilbert reports on a controversy over migrant workers' rights in the Arab Gulf states, as migrant laborers in Dubai recently took to the streets to demand better pay and working conditions.
The answer to today's Geo Quiz is Abu Dhabi, one of the United Arab Emirates. It was announced today that the Abu Dhabi Investment Council has bought a majority stake in New York's landmark Chrysler Building.