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The DNA of Dubai

This is a location that has witnessed a profound transformation over the past century, from a sleepy fishing and pearling village to a globally connected city that showcases boundary-pushing urban development. In these episodes, we discover The DNA of Dubai by tracing the influence of water, climate, geography and society on the processes of urbanisation that have molded this location into a distinctive and vivid city. We meet the different groups of people that make up Emirati society and we meet the people from all corners of the world who contribute to Dubai’s cosmopolitanism and cultural richness.

© Shai Pal

Listen to The DNA of Dubai - Part I here: 

Listen to The DNA of Dubai - Part II here: 


We wish to thank Abdulaziz AlJaziri, Her Excellency Hala Badri and Professor Yasser Elseshtawy for sharing their insights with us in this episode. If you'd like to find out more, you can read our full interviews with them by clicking below:

Abdulaziz AlJaziri

Dubai Future Foundation

H.E. Hala Badri

Dubai Culture and Arts Authority

Prof Yasser Elseshtawy

Columbia University

Arab Gulf States Institute

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