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.
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.
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.
Hunting with falcons is a passion for many in the United Arab Emirates. Falcons are prized animals there, and can cost tens of thousands of dollars -- which is why there's a state-of-the-art facility to help care for them.
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.
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.
A plan to build a new Guggenheim museum on the Helsinki waterfront has been rejected by politicians in Finland. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation proposed, in January, that it and the Finnish capital jointly develop a new contemporary art museum.