NAME THAT COUNTRY

In the industrial Al Quoz quarter of our mystery country’s largest city, the thriving Alserkal Avenue arts district showcases, nurtures and supports contemporary regional, multi-discipline arts and artists. Twenty renovated warehouses and other buildings house galleries, artists’ studios, food, drink, artist residencies, workshops, theater, cinema, public spaces, and programs. A full and diverse calendar of talks and festivals bring together artists, city residents and visitors in appreciation of the vital place of the arts in society.

 

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NAME THAT COUNTRY

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque pictured above is named for the founder and first president of our mystery country. The country, composed of seven united principalities boarding the Arabian Gulf, is known for its oil wealth and shiny modern cities. Sheikh Zayed, who died in 2004, is locally revered and widely respected for wise stewardship of the considerable natural resources within his borders.

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NAME THAT COUNTRY Episode 124

Just outside the world’s biggest mall and near the foot of the world’s tallest building, the world’s largest dancing water fountain dips and sways and shoots 500 feet into the air (every half hour from 6-11pm). That is one happy fountain! The fountain’s mystery home city is known for breaking records in architecture, engineering and development.

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Dubai Shopping Festival

You know Dubai does nothing halfway, and that certainly applies to the annual Dubai Shopping Festival, which rolls out its 22nd installment December 26, 2016-January 28, 2017. Last year, over 3.5 million people attended this shopping and entertainment extravaganza.

Year-round, Dubai is one of the world’s top destinations for shopping and for one month each year the Dubai Shopping Festival magnifies that appeal exponentially. Retail sectors around the city, including world-class malls and traditional souks, slash prices, offer special festival products, sponsor raffle drawings, activities, and live entertainment. Dubai-sized raffle prizes include luxury cars, gold, diamonds, homes, and cash.

The festival chooses a different theme each year, but topnotch entertainment and activities for the entire family always line-up to complement the shop-til-you-drop frenzy at the heart of the event.

Visit http://www.visitdubai.com/en/discover/festivals/dubai-shopping-festival#press-centre for shopping and entertainment details, not yet published. There’s also a Dubai Festivals App to help attendees plot a plan of action and make the most of festival experiences and deals.

NAME THAT COUNTRY Episode 114

The opera house and performing arts center pictured above opened on August 31, 2016, with a performance by Placido Domingo. The city in question is well known for brash, record-breaking innovation, not so much for arts appreciation. With this beautiful, state-of-the-art facility, the city reveals that it does indeed have a taste for high culture. The design was inspired by the traditional sailing vessel of the region, the dhow.
The opera house stands in the shadow of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.

photo credit: the Washington Post

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NAME THAT COUNTRY Episode 86

This manmade island complex in the Arabian Gulf, Palm Jumeirah, is one of many extraordinary feats of engineering in a city known for pushing boundaries. Palm Jumeirah is home to luxury residences and hotels and the luxury establishments that serve them. The iconic Atlantis Hotel sits at top, center on the crescent.

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