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Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (عبدالله بن عبدالعزيز آل سعود,, Najdi Arabic pronunciation:; 1 August 1924 – 23 January 2015) was the King of Saudi Arabia and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques from 2005 to his death in 2015.
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An abra (عبرة) is a traditional boat made of wood.
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Absolute monarchy or absolutism is a monarchical form of government in which the monarch has absolute power among his or her people.
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Abu Dhabi (US, UK; أبو ظبي Emirati pronunciation) is the capital and the second most populous city in the United Arab Emirates (the most populous being Dubai), and also capital of Abu Dhabi emirate, the largest of the UAE's seven member emirates.
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Aedas (from Latin aedificare, "to build") is one of the five largest international architectural firms.
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Aerosmith is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as "the Bad Boys from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band."Whatever there is to say now about Aerosmith, the long-lasting, hard-rocking quintet that has often been billed or hyped as America's greatest rock and roll band, it could've been said two decades ago.
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Ahmadiyya (officially the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community or the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at; الجماعة الإسلامية الأحمدية, transliterated) is an Islamic religious movement founded in British India near the end of the 19th century.
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Ajman (عجمان) is the capital of the emirate of Ajman in the United Arab Emirates, located along the Persian Gulf.
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Al Awir is a suburb of Dubai, about 35 kilometres from the city centre.
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Al Bayan (in Arabic البيان The Dispatch in English) is a popular Arabic language newspaper in the United Arab Emirates.
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Al Garhoud Bridge (In Arabic: جسر القرهود) is one of four road bridges over Dubai Creek, and one of five crossings, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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Al Ghurair University (AGU) is a private university located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and founded by Al Ghurair.
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The Al Hajar Mountains (جبال الحجر, stone mountains) in northeastern Oman and also the eastern United Arab Emirates are the highest mountain range in the eastern Arabian peninsula.
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Al Hashemi is a United Arab Emirates-based architectural firm.
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Al Karama, or simply Karama (الكرامة, literally meaning dignity), is a residential district of Dubai close to Dubai Creek and part of the older area of the city.
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The Al Maktoum (آل مكتوم / The house of Al Maktoum) family is the ruling family of Dubai, and one of the six ruling families of the United Arab Emirates.
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Al Maktoum Bridge (in Arabic: جسر آل مكتوم; also known in Arabic as جسر المكتوم) is a bridge that crosses Dubai Creek in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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Al Maktoum International Airport is an international airport in Jebel Ali, southwest of Dubai, United Arab Emirates that opened on 27 June 2010.
Al Shabab Al Arabi Club is a football club based in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, that plays in the UAE Arabian Gulf League.
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Al Shindagha Tunnel (In Arabic: نفق الشندغة) is a tunnel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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Al Sufouh Archaeological Site at Al Sufouh in Dubai is owned and managed by Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, and consists of extensive but scattered areas of ancient occupation by a population known as the Magan.
Al Ahli Club (النادي الأهلي) is a United Arab Emirates professional association football club based in Dubai.
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al-Andalus (الأندلس, trans.; al-Ándalus; al-Ândalus; al-Andalus; al-Àndalus; Berber: Andalus or Wandalus), also known as Muslim Spain or Islamic Iberia, was a medieval Muslim cultural domain and territory occupying at its peak most of what are today Spain and Portugal.
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, or simply Al-Bakri (أبو عبيد عبدالله بن عبد العزيز البكري) (c. 1014–1094) was an Andalusian Muslim geographer and historian.
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Al Ittihad (in Arabic الإتحاد meaning Union) is an Arabic language newspaper published daily in the United Arab Emirates.
Al-Nasr Sports Club (نادي النصر الرياضي) is a professional association football club located in Dubai and plays in the UAE Arabian Gulf League.
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Al Wasl Football Club (نادي الوصل لكرة القدم.) is a United Arab Emirates Football League club based in Dubai.
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AMEinfo.com is a provider of online business information about the Middle East region.
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The American School of Dubai (ASD, المدرسة الأمریکیة بدبي), previously known as the Jumeirah American School, is located in the Al-Barsha community of Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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The American University in Dubai (AUD) (الجامعة الأمريكية في دبي) is a private, non-sectarian institution of higher learning in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, founded in 1995.
Americans in the United Arab Emirates are residents of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) who originate from the United States.
Amr Abd El-Basset Abd El-Azeez Diab (عمرو عبدالباسط عبد العزيز دياب;His common shortened name, Amr Diab, is pronounced in Egyptian Arabic as born 11 October 1961) is an Egyptian popstar and composer of Pop music.
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The Vicariate Apostolic of Northern Arabia (Vicariatus Apostolicus Arabiæ Septentrionalis Arabic: القاصد الرسولي في شمال المملكة العربية) is a Catholic vicariate apostolic located in Bahrain.
Arab cuisine (مطبخ عربي) is defined as the various regional cuisines spanning the Arab world, from Mesopotamia to North-Africa.
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The Arabian Desert is located in Western Asia.
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The Arabian oryx (Oryx leucoryx) or white oryx is a medium-sized antelope with a distinct shoulder bump, long, straight horns, and a tufted tail.
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The Arabian Peninsula (شبه الجزيرة العربية or جزيرة العرب), also known as Arabia, is a peninsula of Western Asia situated north-east of Africa on the Arabian plate.
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Arabic (العَرَبِية, or عربي,عربى) is the Classical Arabic language of the 6th century and its modern descendants excluding Maltese.
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The Arabic script is a writing system used for writing several languages of Asia and Africa, such as Arabic, dialects of Mandinka, the Sorani and Luri dialects of Kurdish, Persian, Urdu, Pashto, and others.
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An architectural style is characterized by the features that make a building or other structure notable and historically identifiable.
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Arizona (Hoozdo Hahoodzo; O'odham: Alĭ ṣonak) is a state in the southwestern region of the United States.
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Associated Press Television News, often abbreviated AP Television News or APTN, is a global video news agency operated by the Associated Press.
Atlantis, The Palm is a UAE hotel resort located at the apex of the Palm Jumeirah.
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Azadirachta indica, also known as Neem, Nimtree, and Indian Lilac is a tree in the mahogany family Meliaceae.
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Baghdad (بغداد, Iraqi pronunciation) is the capital of the Republic of Iraq, as well as the coterminous Baghdad Province.
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The Bahá'í Faith (fa Bahá'iyyat, بهائية Bahá'iyya In English, "Bahá'í" is pronounced with two syllables according to the on the Bahá'í World News Service Website (Bahá'í: Ba-HIGH). In Persian, بهائی is pronounced with three syllables. The exact realization of the English pronunciation varies. The Oxford English Dictionary has, Merriam-Webster has, and the Random House Dictionary has, all with three syllables. See and – A Guide to Pronunciation part 1 and 2, for more pronunciation instructions.) is a monotheistic religion which emphasizes the spiritual unity of all humankind.
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Bahrain (البحرين), officially the Kingdom of Bahrain (مملكة البحرين), is a small island country situated near the western shores of the Persian Gulf.
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Bajir (alternatively Bajar or Bahar) was a minor deity worshiped by the pre-Islamic Arabian tribe Azd.
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Balochi is a Northwestern Iranian language.
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Bandar Lengeh (بندرلنگه, also Romanized as Bandar-e Lengeh, Bandar-e-Langeh and Bandar Langeh; also known simply as Lengeh, Linja, or Linjah) is a harbor city in, and capital of Bandar Lengeh County, in Hormozgan province of Iran on the coast of the Persian Gulf.
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Barcelona is the capital city of the autonomous community of Catalonia in Spain and Spain's second most populated city, with a population of 1.6 million within its administrative limits.
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Basra, also written Basrah (البصرة; BGN: Al Başrah), is the capital of Basra Governorate, located on the Shatt al-Arab river in southern Iraq between Kuwait and Iran.
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The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is the public-service broadcaster of the United Kingdom, headquartered at Broadcasting House in London.
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Beirut (بيروت; Biblical Hebrew: בְּאֵרוֹת Be'erot; Hebrew: ביירות Beirut; Latin: Berytus; Beyrouth; Beyrut; Պէյրութ Beyrut) is the capital and largest city of Lebanon.
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Bengali or Bangla (বাংলা) is the language native to the region of Bengal, which comprises the present-day nation of Bangladesh and of the Indian states West Bengal, Tripura and southern Assam.
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The birth rate (technically, births/population rate) is the total number of live births per 1,000 of a population in a year.
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Biryani, sometimes spelt Biriyani or Biriani, is a mixed rice dish from the Indian Subcontinent.
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Black Friday (ब्लैक फ्राईडे) is a 2004 Indian crime film written and directed by Anurag Kashyap based on Black Friday – The True Story of the Bombay Bomb Blasts, a book by Hussain Zaidi about the 1993 Bombay bombings.
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Bloomberg L.P. is a privately held financial software, data, and media company headquartered in Midtown Manhattan, New York City.
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The Blue Line is a proposed line on the Dubai Metro network in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.It is currently approved for construction.
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Body of Lies is a 2008 American action-spy film directed by Ridley Scott.
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Boom (Hindi: बूम) is a Bollywood film that was released on 19 September 2003.
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Brisbane is the capital and most populous city in the Australian state of Queensland, and the third most populous city in Australia.
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The British University in Dubai (BUiD) was established in 2004, and is the Middle East region's first, research based, postgraduate university.
Buddhism is a nontheistic religion or philosophy (Sanskrit: dharma; Pali: धम्म dhamma) that encompasses a variety of traditions, beliefs and spiritual practices largely based on teachings attributed to Gautama Buddha, commonly known as the Buddha ("the awakened one").
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Bur Dubai (in Arabic: بر دبي) is a historic district in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, located on the western side of the Dubai Creek.
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Burj Al Arab (برج العرب,Tower of the Arabs) is a luxury hotel located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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Burj Khalifa (برج خليفة, "Khalifa Tower", pronounced), known as Burj Dubai before its inauguration, is a megatall skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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BurJuman (بر جمان) is one of the oldest shopping mall in Dubai, located in the residential area of Bur Dubai, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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Busan (부산 or 釜山(), officially Busan Metropolitan City), romanized as Pusan before 2000,This romanization of the city's name is in McCune-Reischauer.
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Business Bay (الخليج التجاري: Al-Khaleej Al-Tijari) is a central business district under construction in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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The 13 lane Business Bay Crossing (In Arabic: معبر الخليج التجاري; also known as the Ras Al Khor Bridge (جسر راس الخور)) is one of the most recent bridges across Dubai Creek and was opened to traffic in June 2007.
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Generally speaking, a calendar year begins on the New Year's Day of the given calendar system and ends on the day before the following New Year's Day, and thus consists of a whole number of days.
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California is a state located on the West Coast of the United States.
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A caliphate (خِلافة khilāfa) is a form of Islamic government led by a caliph (خَليفة)—a person considered a political and religious successor to the prophet Muhammad and a leader of the entire Muslim community.
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Capital punishment, death penalty or execution is punishment by death.
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The caracal (Caracal caracal) is a medium-sized wild cat that is around long.
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Caracas, officially Santiago de León de Caracas, is the capital, the center of the '''Greater Caracas Area''', and the largest city of Venezuela.
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Céline Marie Claudette Dion, (born 30 March 1968) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, entrepreneur and occasional actress.
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Chicago Bridge & Iron Company known commonly as CB&I, is a large multinational conglomerate engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company. CB&I specializes in projects for oil and gas companies. According to one of the founder's heirs, "The old joke is that Chicago Bridge & Iron isn't in Chicago, doesn't build bridges and doesn't use iron." CB&I currently employs approximately 50,000 people worldwide.
Chinese (汉语 / 漢語; Hànyǔ or 中文; Zhōngwén) is a group of related but in many cases mutually unintelligible language varieties, forming a branch of the Sino-Tibetan language family.
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A Christian is a person who adheres to Christianity, an Abrahamic, monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
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A city is a large and permanent human settlement.
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City Centre Deira (ديرة سيتي سنتر.) is located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and is the original flagship mall in the Majid Al Futtaim Properties portfolio.
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City Centre Mirdif is a shopping mall located in the residential area of Mirdif, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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City of Life is a 2009 multilingual Emirati film written, directed, and produced by Ali F. Mostafa.
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The Cable News Network (CNN) is an American basic cable and satellite television channel that is owned by the Turner Broadcasting System division of Time Warner.
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Coffee is a brewed drink prepared from roasted coffee beans, which are the seeds of berries from the Coffea plant.
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Coldplay are a British rock band formed in 1996 by lead vocalist Chris Martin and lead guitarist Jonny Buckland at University College London (UCL).
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Conference and resort hotels are hotels which often contain full-sized luxury facilities with full-service accommodations and amenities.
A constitutional monarchy, limited monarchy or parliamentary monarchy (also called a crowned republic) is a form of government in which governing powers of the monarch are restricted by a constitution.
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A crown prince or crown princess is the heir apparent to the throne in a royal or imperial monarchy.
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The United Arab Emirates has a diverse society.
A cultured pearl is a pearl created by a pearl farmer under controlled conditions.
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A currency union (also known as monetary union) involves two or more states sharing the same currency, though without their necessarily having any further integration (such as an economic and monetary union, which would have, in addition, a customs union and a single market).
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D 73 (د ٧٣), also known as Al Dhiyafa Road or 2nd Zabeel Road is a road in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
D 75 (د ٧٥), also known as Sheikh Rashid Road or Al Qutaeyat Road, is a road in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
D 85 (د ٨٥), also known as Baniyas Road, is a road in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
D 89, also known as Al Maktoum Road, Airport Road or Al Khawaneej Road, is a road in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
D 92, (د ٩٢) also known as Al Khaleej Road, Al Mina Road or Al Wasl Road, is a road in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
D 94, also known as Jumeirah Road, Jumeirah Beach Road or Al Sufouh Road, is a road in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Damascus (دمشق) is the capital and the second-largest city of Syria after Aleppo.
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Dar Al Khaleej Printing & Publishing (دار الخليج للطباعة والنشر) is a publishing house based in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
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Deewane Huye Paagal (Lovers Gone Mad), is a 2005 Bollywood romance action comedy film directed by Vikram Bhatt, and produced by Firoz A. Nadiadwala.
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Deira (In Arabic: ديرة) is an area in the city of Dubai, United Arab Emirates bordered by the Persian Gulf, Sharjah and Dubai Creek.
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Dell Inc. is an American privately owned multinational computer technology company based in Round Rock, Texas, United States, that develops, sells, repairs, and supports computers and related products and services.
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Deportation is the expulsion of a person or group of people from a place or country.
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Desert climate (in the Köppen climate classification BWh and BWk, sometimes also BWn), also known as an arid climate, is a climate that does not meet the criteria to be classified as a polar climate, and in which precipitation is too low to sustain any vegetation at all, or at most a very scanty shrub.
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Detroit is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the largest city on the United States–Canada border.
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Dhow (Arabic داو dāw) is the generic name of a number of traditional sailing vessels with one or more masts with lateen sails used in the Red Sea and Indian Ocean region.
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Diana Joseph Fouad Haddad (ديانا جوزيف فؤاد حداد) (born in Bsalim, Lebanon on 1 October 1976) is a Lebanese singer and television personality with Emirati citizenship.
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Drip irrigation, is an irrigation method that saves water and fertilizer by allowing water to drip slowly to the roots of plants, either onto the soil surface or directly onto the root zone, through a network of valves, pipes, tubing, and emitters.
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Dubai is a 2001 Malayalam thriller film directed by Joshiy with Mammootty, N. F. Varghese, Biju Menon and Anjala Zaveri in the main roles.
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Dubai is a 2005 box office Filipino drama film shot in the United Arab Emirates, telling the story of three Overseas Filipino Workers who unexpectedly become connected by friendship and love.
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The Dubai Autodrome is an FIA sanctioned 5.39 km motorsports circuit located in Dubailand, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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Dubai British School is an international school offering a British education to students aged three to eighteen, located in The Springs, Emirates Hills, Dubai.
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Dubai Creek is a saltwater creek located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
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Dubai Cultural Sports Club is a football club based in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
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The Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, DDCR, is a natural reserve in the emirate of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
The Dubai Desert Rock Festival was an event celebrating various styles of rock and metal music on one stage in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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The Dubai Financial Market (DFM) (سوق دبي المالي) is a stock exchange located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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Dubai Gem Private School (DGPS) is a British school, located in the Oud Metha area of Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Dubai Gold Souk or Gold Souk (سوق الذهب), is a traditional market (or souk) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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Dubai International Airport (مطار دبي الدولي) is the primary airport serving Dubai, United Arab Emirates and is the world's busiest airport by international passenger traffic.
The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) is the leading film festival in the region.
Dubai Internet City (DIC) (مدينة دبي للإنترنت) is an information technology park created by the government of Dubai as a free economic zone and a strategic base for companies targeting regional emerging markets.
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Dubai Marina (مرسى دبي) is a district in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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Dubai Media City (DMC), part of Dubai Holding, is a tax-free zone within Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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The Dubai Metro (مترو دبي) is a driverless, fully automated metro rail network in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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Dubai Municipality (بلدية دبي) is the municipal body with jurisdiction over city services and the upkeep of facilities in the Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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Dubai Museum (متحف دبي) is the main museum in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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Dubai One (previously called CH33 and later One TV) is Dubai Media Incorporated's 24-hour free-to-air English language entertainment channel available in the Middle East, Europe and North Africa.
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The Dubai Police Force is the 15,000 strong police force for the city of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. They come under the jurisdiction of the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE (who in turn is the ruler of Dubai), and they cover an area of 4,114 square kilometres and a population of 2,106,177 people.
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The Dubai Sevens is an annual rugby union sevens tournament held in Dubai, UAE.
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Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) started on 16 February 1996 as a retail event intended to benefit retail trade in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO) is a 7.2 km² free trade zone is a government-owned incentivization zone in Dubai.
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Dubai Sports City or DSC a multi-venue sports complex in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, developed by partners Abdul Rahim Al Zarooni, Abdulrahman Bukhatir and Abdulrahman Falaknaz. It provides a mix of residential, retail, leisure and recreational facilities. It is built around five major sports venues and features a number of sports academies. Located on Mohammad Bin Zayed Road the residential aspect of the project consists of mid-rise apartment buildings, townhouses and villas. Sports City contains three distinct residential districts: Canal Residence, Victory Heights and Gallery Villas.
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The Dubai Tennis Championships (also known as the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships for sponsorship reasons) (formerly known for sponsorship reasons as the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships and the Dubai Duty Free Men's and Women's Championships) is a professional tennis tournament owned and organized by Dubai Duty Free and held annually in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on outdoor hardcourts.
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The Dubai Tram (ترام دبي) (previously known as the Al Sufouh Tram) is a tramway located in Al Sufouh, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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Dubai TV is a channel offered by the Dubai Media Incorporated (DMI).
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The Dubai World Cup (Arabic:كأس دبي العالمي) is a Thoroughbred horse race held annually since 1996 and contested at the Meydan Racecourse (Arabic:ميدان) which in Arabic suggests a place where people congregate and compete, a sort of meeting point in the Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman (DSA) is a metropolitan area in the United Arab Emirates.
Dubailand is an entertainment complex being built in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, which is owned by Tatweer (which belongs to Dubai Holding).
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The dugong (Dugong dugon) is a medium-sized marine mammal.
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Dundee (Dùn Dé), officially the City of Dundee, is Scotland's fourth largest city and the 51st most populous built-up area in the United Kingdom.
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Duty-free shops (or stores) are retail outlets that are exempt from the payment of certain local or national taxes and duties, on the requirement that the goods sold will be sold to travelers who will take them out of the country.
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E 11 (in Arabic: شارع ﺇ ١١) is a highway in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
E 311 (known in Arabic as شارع ﺇ ٣١١) is a major road in the United Arab Emirates.
E 44 (إ ٤٤) is one of the main roads of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
E 66 (إ ٦٦) is a road in the United Arab Emirates.
E 77 (إ ٧٧) is a route in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
E-government (short for electronic government, also known as e-gov, Internet government, digital government, online government, connected government) consists of the digital interactions between a citizen and their government (C2G), between governments and government agencies (G2G), between government and citizens (G2C), between government and employees (G2E), and between government and businesses/commerce (G2B).
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The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) is an independent business within The Economist Group providing forecasting and advisory services through research and analysis, such as monthly country reports, five-year country economic forecasts, country risk service reports, and industry reports.
Dubai's gross domestic product as of 2008 was US $82.11 billion.
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Eid al-Fitr (عيد الفطر,, "festival of breaking of the fast"), also called Feast of Breaking the Fast, the Sugar Feast, Bayram (Bajram), the Sweet Festival or Hari Raya Puasa and the Lesser Eid, is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting (sawm).
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Sir Elton Hercules John CBE (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight, 25 March 1947) is an English composer and singer, who accompanies himself on the piano.
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EMC Corporation (stylized as EMC²) is an American multinational corporation headquartered in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, United States.
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Emir (أمير), sometimes transliterated (olowan, Datu in Meranau common version.) Amir, Amier or Ameer, is an aristocratic or noble title of high office used in a variety of places in the Arab countries and Afghanistan.
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The Emirate of Abu Dhabi (إمارة أبو ظبي), is one of seven states that constitute the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
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The Emirate of Dubai (إمارة دبيّ), is one of seven emirates that constitute the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
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The Emirate of Sharjah (الشارقة) is one of the states of the United Arab Emirates.
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Emirates (طَيَران الإمارات DMG: Ṭayarān Al-Imārāt) is an airline based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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The United Arab Emirates is composed of 7 emirates (imarat; singular: imarah).
The Emirates Towers (أبراج الإمارات) is a building complex in Dubai that contains the Emirates Office Tower and Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel.
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The Emirati people (إماراتي) are citizens of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
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An enclave is any portion of a state that is entirely surrounded by the territory of one other state.
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English is a West Germanic language that was first spoken in early medieval England and is now a global lingua franca.
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The English Language School (ELS), formerly known as English Medium School, was established in April 1978 in order to carter the growing educational needs of the societies in UAE specially the Muslim and the Asian society.
An entrepôt or entrepot is a port, city, or trading post where merchandise may be imported, stored and/or traded, typically to be exported again.
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Emirates Telecommunications Corporation, branded trade name Etisalat (اتصالات, literally "communications"), is a multinational UAE based telecommunications services provider, currently operating in 15 countries across Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
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Eucalypt is a descriptive name for woody plants with capsule fruiting bodies belonging to seven closely related genera found across Australasia: Eucalyptus, Corymbia, Angophora, Stockwellia, Allosyncarpia, Eucalyptopsis and Arillastrum.
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There are a considerable number of expatriates in the United Arab Emirates, with most residing in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Expo 2020 is a Universal scale Registered Exposition time slot sanctioned by the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE), Paris on 27 November 2013.
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The Federal National Council (FNC) (المجلس الوطني الإتحادي, al-Majlis al-Watani al-Ittihadi) is the federal authority of the United Arab Emirates formed to represent the general Emirati people.
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The fennec fox or fennec (Vulpes zerda) is a small nocturnal fox found in the Sahara of North Africa.
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Filipinos in the United Arab Emirates are migrants or descendants of the Philippines living in the United Arab Emirates.
The financial crisis of 2007–08, also known as the Global Financial Crisis and 2008 financial crisis, is considered by many economists to have been the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
Floating Bridge (الجسر العائم) is a pontoon bridge (floating bridge) located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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Dubai Aviation Corporation (مؤسسة دبي للطيران), trading as Flydubai (فلاي دبي), is a low-cost airline with its head office and flight operations in Terminal 2 of Dubai International Airport.
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Forbes is an American business magazine owned by Forbes, Inc.
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Frankfurt am Main is the largest city in the German state of Hesse and the fifth-largest city in Germany, with a 2014 population of 717,624 within its administrative boundaries.
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Free economic zones (FEZ) or free zones (FZ) are a class of special economic zone (SEZ) designated by the trade and commerce administrations of various countries.
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Fujairah (الفجيرة) is one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates, and the only one of the seven that has a coastline solely on the Gulf of Oman and none on the Persian Gulf.
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Furious 7 (often stylized as Furious Seven and alternatively known as Fast Seven and Fast & Furious 7) is a 2015 American action film directed by James Wan and written by Chris Morgan.
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Gandhinagar is the capital of the state of Gujarat in Western India.
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Geneva (Genève, Genèva, Genf, Ginevra, Genevra) is the second most populous city in Switzerland (after Zürich) and is the most populous city of Romandy, the French-speaking part of Switzerland.
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A geographer is a scholar whose area of study is geography, the study of Earth's natural environment and human society.
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Glitter Dust: Finding Art in Dubai is a feature-length documentary about cultural integration and immigration through the lens of the Dubai art scene.
A global city, also called world city or sometimes alpha city or world center, is a city generally considered to be an important node in the global economic system.
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Gold Coast is a coastal city in southeastern Queensland on the east coast of Australia.
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Granada is a city and the capital of the province of Granada, in the autonomous community of Andalusia, Spain.
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The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression in the 1930s.
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The Global Recession was the general economic decline observed in world markets around the end of the first decade of the 21st century.
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Greater Tunb and Lesser Tunb (تنب بزرگ و تنب کوچک., Tonb-e Bozorg and Tonb-e Kuchak, طنب الكبرى و طنب الصغرى., Tunb el-Kubra and Tunb el-Sughra; are two small islands in the eastern Persian Gulf, close to the Strait of Hormuz. They lie at and respectively, some 12 kilometers from each other and 20 kilometers south of the Iranian island of Qeshm. The islands are administered by Iran as part of its province of Hormozgan, but are also claimed by UAE as a territory of the Emirate of Ras al-Khaimah. Greater Tunb has a surface of 10.3 km². It is known for its red soil. There are conflicting descriptions about its population: While some sources state there are between a few dozen and a few hundred inhabitants, others describe the island as having no native civilian population. There is reported to be an Iranian garrison and naval station, a fish storage facility and a red-soil mine. Lesser Tunb has a surface of 2 km² and is uninhabited with the exception of a small airfield, harbor, and entrenched Iranian military unit.
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The Green Line is one of the two lines in the Dubai Metro network in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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The green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas), also known as the green turtle, black (sea) turtle, or Pacific green turtle, is a large sea turtle of the family Cheloniidae.
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Groupers or gropers are fish of any of a number of genera in the subfamily Epinephelinae of the family Serranidae, in the order Perciformes.
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Guangzhou (Mandarin 廣州 Guǎngzhōu, also known as Canton, and less commonly as Kwangchow)"".
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Gulf Arabic (خليجي local pronunciation: or اللهجة الخليجية local pronunciation) is a variety of the Arabic language spoken in Eastern Arabia around the coasts of the Persian Gulf in Kuwait, Iraq, Bahrain, eastern Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Iran and northern Oman.
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The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (مجلس التعاون لدول الخليج العربية), originally (and still colloquially) known as the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC, مجلس التعاون الخليجي), is a regional intergovernmental political and economic union consisting of all Arab states of the Persian Gulf, except for Iraq.
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Gulf News is a daily English language newspaper published from Dubai.
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The Gulf rupee (Arabic: روبيه or روبيه خليجيه), also known as the Persian Gulf rupee, was a currency used in the countries of the Persian Gulf and the Arabian Peninsula between 1959 and 1966.
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The Gulf War (2 August 1990 – 28 February 1991), codenamed Operation Desert Shield (2 August 1990 – 17 January 1991) for operations leading to the buildup of troops and defense of Saudi Arabia and Operation Desert Storm (17 January 1991 – 28 February 1991) in its combat phase, was a war waged by coalition forces from 34 nations led by the United States against Iraq in response to Iraq's invasion and annexation of Kuwait.
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Halcrow Group Limited is a multinational engineering consultancy company, based in the United Kingdom.
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Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (Arabic حمدان بن محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم) (born 14 November 1982) is the Crown Prince of Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum (حمدان بن راشد أل مكتوم,; born 25 December 1945) is the Deputy Ruler of Dubai and the Minister of Finance and Industry of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). He is the second son of the late ruler, Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum (1912–1990). Sheikh Hamdan received his early education in the Emirates then attended Bell School of Languages, Cambridge. He and his brother, Sheikh Mohammed, control the state-owned Dubai Ports World along with the Dubai Holding Co. and its many subsidiary companies which have wide ranging investments in hotels, apartment buildings, banking and finance, and healthcare facilities. Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum has been the head of the UAE's delegation at the International Monetary Fund and the OPEC Fund.
Happy New Year, sometimes abbreviated as HNY is a 2014 Indian action-heist comedy film directed by Farah Khan and produced by Gauri Khan under the banner of Red Chillies Entertainment.
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James Harold Wilson, Baron Wilson of Rievaulx, (11 March 191624 May 1995) was a British Labour Party politician who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1964 to 1970 and 1974 to 1976.
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Hatta is the inland exclave of the emirate of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, located relatively high in the Hajar Mountains Traditionally the summer habitation of Dubai-based families escaping the heat and humidity of the coast, it lies to the south-east of Dubai's main territory.
The hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) is a critically endangered sea turtle belonging to the family Cheloniidae.
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The Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) is an American global information technology company headquartered in Palo Alto, California, United States.
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Hindi (हिन्दी hindī), or more precisely Modern Standard Hindi (मानक हिन्दी mānak hindī), is a standardised and Sanskritised register of the Hindustani language.
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Hindu has historically referred to geographical, religious or cultural identifier for people indigenous to the Indian subcontinent.
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Hindustani (हिन्दुस्तानी, ||lit.
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A hookah (Persian: قلیان; Hindustani: हुक़्क़ा (Devanagari) حقّہ (Nastaleeq),, Hukić—also known as a waterpipe, narghile, arghila, qalyān, shisha, or by other names) is a single or multi-stemmed instrument for vaporizing and smoking flavored tobacco called shisha in which the vapor or smoke is passed through a water basin—often glass-based—before inhalation.
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A hotel is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis.
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Hotel ratings are often used to classify hotels according to their quality.
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The houbara bustard or North African houbara (Chlamydotis undulata)(Tilore in Urdu,Bilochi/Sindhi) is a large bird in the bustard family.
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Human rights in Dubai are based on the Constitution and enacted law, which supposedly promise equitable treatment of all people, regardless of race, nationality or social status, per Article 25 of the Constitution of the United Arab Emirates.
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Human Rights Watch (HRW) is an international non-governmental organization that conducts research and advocacy on human rights.
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Hungama in Dubai is a 2007 Hindi (or Telugu) comedy film directed by Masood Ali and part of a series of movies based on the Hyderabadi lingo theme that followed The Angrez and Hyderabadi Nawabs.
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Hymenocallis (US) or (UK) is a genus of American plants in the amaryllis family.
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International Business Machines Corporation (commonly referred to as IBM) is an American multinational technology and consulting corporation, with headquarters in Armonk, New York.
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The Ibn Battuta Mall is a large shopping mall on the Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai close to Interchange 6 for Jebel Ali Village.
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An imam (إمام, plural: أئمة; امام) is an Islamic leadership position.
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Indians in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) constitute the largest part of population of the country.
An ingot is a piece of material, usually metal, that is cast into a shape suitable for further processing.
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An IATA airport code, also known an IATA location identifier, IATA station code or simply a location identifier, is a three-letter code designating many airports around the world, defined by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
The International Cricket Council (ICC) is the international governing body of cricket.
The International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA) is a not-for-profit association for producers, suppliers and managers of festivals and events, which range from small county and municipal events to large-scale parades that can have attendances in the hundreds of thousands.
Iran (or; ایران), historically known as Persia, officially the Islamic Republic of Iran, is a country in Western Asia.
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Iranians in the United Arab Emirates are Emirati citizens of Iranian national background.
Islam (There are ten pronunciations of Islam in English, differing in whether the first or second syllable has the stress, whether the s is or, and whether the a is pronounced, or (when the stress is on the first syllable) (Merriam Webster). The most common are (Oxford English Dictionary, Random House) and (American Heritage Dictionary). الإسلام,: Arabic pronunciation varies regionally. The first vowel ranges from ~~. The second vowel ranges from ~~~. In Northwestern Africa, they do not have stress or lengthened vowels.) is a monotheistic, Abrahamic religion articulated by the Qur'an, a religious text considered by its adherents to be the verbatim word of God, and, for the vast majority of adherents, by the teachings and normative example (called the sunnah, composed of accounts called hadith) of Muhammad (circa 570–8 June 632 CE), considered by most of them to be the last prophet of God.
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Islamic architecture encompasses a wide range of both secular and religious styles from the foundation of Islam to the present day.
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Islamic extremism refers to two related and partially overlapping but also distinct aspects of extremist interpretations and pursuits of Islamic ideology.
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Israel, officially the State of Israel (מְדִינַת יִשְׂרָאֵל; دولة إِسْرَائِيل), is a country in West Asia, situated at the southeastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and the northern shore of the Gulf of Aqaba in the Red Sea.
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Istanbul (İstanbul), once known as Constantinople, is the most populous city in Turkey, and the country's economic, cultural, and historical center.
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Italians is a 2009 Italian comedy film written and directed by Giovanni Veronesi.
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Jebel Ali (جبل علي) is a port town, located southwest of the city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
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Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza; Arabic: المنطقة الحرّة لجبل علي al-Munṭaqa al-Ḥurra le Jabal ʿAlī) is a free economic zone located in the Jebel Ali area at the far western end of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, near Abu Dhabi.
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Jennifer Lynn Lopez (born July 24, 1969), also known as J. Lo, is an American actress, author, fashion designer, dancer, producer, and singer.
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Jumeirah (جميرا, "Beautiful") is a coastal residential area of Dubai, United Arab Emirates mainly comprising low rise private dwellings.
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Jumeirah Beach Hotel is a hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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The Jumeirah Lakes Towers (ابراج بحيرة الجميرا) is a large development in Dubai, United Arab Emirates which consists of 79 towers being constructed along the edges of three artificial lakes (Lake Almas West, Lake Almas East, JLT Lake) as well as the JLT Embankment of 8 tower facing Jumeirah Islands.
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Justin Drew Bieber (born March 1, 1994) is a Canadian singer and songwriter.
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Kannada (ಕನ್ನಡ kannaḍa) or Canarese/Kanarese, is a Dravidian language spoken predominantly by Kannada people in the South Indian state of Karnataka, and by linguistic minorities in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Kerala, and Goa.
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Karachi (ڪراچي, کراچی / ALA-LC) is the capital of the province of Sindh, as well as the largest and most populous metropolitan city of Pakistan.
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The Khaleej Times is a daily English language newspaper published in United Arab Emirates.
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Kish (کیش) is a resort island in the Persian Gulf.
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Kuwait (دولة الكويت), officially the State of Kuwait, is a country in Western Asia.
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Kuwait City (مدينة الكويت) is the capital and largest city of Kuwait.
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Kylie Ann Minogue, OBE (born 28 May 1968), often known simply as Kylie, is an Australian-born singer, songwriter, and actress.
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The labour force of the United Arab Emirates is primarily made up of foreign temporary workers, most of whom come from the Indian subcontinent and other parts of the Arab World and Asia.
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (born March 28, 1986), better known by her stage name Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress.
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The Lebanese Civil War (الحرب الأهلية اللبنانية - Al-Ḥarb al-Ahliyyah al-Libnāniyyah) was a multifaceted civil war in Lebanon, lasting from 1975 to 1990 and resulting in an estimated 120,000 fatalities.
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The United Arab Emirates includes the Emirates of Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Ras al-Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain, Ajman, Fujairah and Sharjah.
This list of cities with most skyscrapers ranks cities around the world by their number of buildings higher than various thresholds, complementing the list of cities with the most high-rise buildings, which uses a 150m cutoff.
These are lists of the world's most expensive cities for expatriate employees (not residents), according to the Mercer, ECA International and Xpatulator.com cost-of-living surveys.
The Vice President and Prime Minister is the Head of Government of the United Arab Emirates.
Dubai, the largest city in the United Arab Emirates, is home to 911 completed high-rises, 88 of which stand taller than.
The world's thirty busiest airports by cargo traffic for various periods (data provided by Airports Council International).
The following is a list of the world's busiest airports by international passenger traffic.
The world's busiest airports by passenger traffic are measured by total passengers (data from Airports Council International (ACI)), defined as passengers enplaned plus passengers deplaned plus direct-transit passengers.
Locusts are the swarming phase of certain species of short-horned grasshoppers in the family Acrididae.
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Los Angeles, officially the City of Los Angeles and often known by its initials L.A., is the second-largest city in the United States, the most populous city in the U.S. state of California, and the county seat of Los Angeles County.
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Malayalam, sometimes referred to as Kairali, is a language spoken in India, predominantly in the state of Kerala.
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Mall of the Emirates (مول الإمارات) is a shopping mall in Dubai.
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Mangroves are various large and extensive types of trees up to medium height and shrubs that grow in saline coastal sediment habitats in the tropics and subtropics—mainly between latitudes ° N and ° S.
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Marathi (मराठी) is an Indo-Aryan language spoken predominantly by Marathi people of Maharashtra.
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Mark Freuder Knopfler, (born 12 August 1949) is a British singer songwriter, guitarist, record producer, and film score composer.
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Market capitalization or market cap is the total money market value of the shares outstanding of a publicly traded company; it is equal to the share price times the number of shares outstanding.
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Mercer is an American global human resource and related financial services consulting firm, headquartered in New York City.
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Meydan Racecourse is a horse racing facility located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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Michigan is a state in the Great Lakes region of the Midwestern United States.
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Microsoft Corporation (commonly referred to as Microsoft) is an American multinational technology company headquartered in Redmond, Washington, that develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics and personal computers and services.
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The Middle EastArabic: الشرق الأوسط,; Armenian: Միջին Արևելք, Merdzavor Arevelk’; Azerbaijani: Orta Şərq; French: Moyen-Orient; Georgian: ახლო აღმოსავლეთი, akhlo aghmosavleti; Greek: Μέση Ανατολή, Mési Anatolí; Hebrew: המזרח התיכון, Ha'Mizrah Ha'Tihon; Kurdish: Rojhilata Navîn; Persian: خاورمیانه, khāvar-miyāneh; Somali: Bariga Dhexe; Soranî Kurdish: ڕۆژھەڵاتی ناوین, rrojhellatî nayn; Turkish: Orta Doğu; Urdu: مشرق وسطی, hashrq vsty (also called the Mid East) is a eurocentric description of a region centered on Western Asia and Egypt.
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The Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC) Group is the first private free-to-air satellite broadcasting company in the Arab World.
Mike Davis (born 1946) is an American writer, political activist, urban theorist, and historian.
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A minaret (مناره, minare), from منارة, also known as Goldaste (گلدسته) "lighthouse", is a distinctive architectural feature of mosques, generally a tall spire with a conical or onion-shaped crown, usually either free-standing or taller than associated support structure.
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Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is a 2011 American action spy thriller film and the fourth installment in the ''Mission: Impossible'' series, and director Brad Bird's first live-action film.
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, GBE (Arabic: محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم), also known as Sheikh Mohammed, (born 15 July 1949) is the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Emir of Dubai.
A monorail is a railway in which the track consists of a single rail, typically elevated.
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Monterrey, is the capital and largest city of the northeastern state of Nuevo León in the country of Mexico.
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Moscow (or; a) is the capital and the largest city of Russia with 12.2 million residents within the city limits and 16.8 million within the urban area.
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Mumbai (also known as Bombay, the official name until 1995) is the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra.
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Naif (نايف) is a locality in Deira side of Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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Naqaab (English: Veil/Mask) is a Bollywood suspense thriller directed by the famous duo Abbas-Mustan.
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NASDAQ Dubai is a Dubai-based stock exchange that lists regional and international shares in the Middle East.
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The National Day is a designated date on which celebrations mark the nationhood of a nation or non-sovereign country.
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The New Left Review is a bimonthly political magazine covering world politics, economy, and culture.
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ɱ Nuevo León or New Leon, officially Free and Sovereign State of Nuevo León (Estado Libre y Soberano de Nuevo León), is one of the 31 states which, with the Federal District, compose the 32 Federal Entities of Mexico.
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Oman (عمان), officially the Sultanate of Oman (سلطنة عُمان), is an Arab country in the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula.
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The Oracle Corporation is an American global computer technology corporation, headquartered in Redwood City, California.
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is a designated city in the Kansai region of Japan.
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Pakistan (or; پاكستان ALA-LC), officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan (اسلامی جمہوریۂ پاكستان ALA-LC), is a sovereign country in South Asia.
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Pakistanis in the United Arab Emirates include expatriates from Pakistan who have settled in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), as well as Emirati people who have Pakistani heritage.
For the islands in Lebanon see Palm Islands Nature Reserve Palm Islands are two artificial islands, Palm Jumeirah and Palm Jebel Ali, on the coast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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The Palm Jumeirah is an artificial archipelago in United Arab Emirates, created using land reclamation by Nakheel, a company owned by the Dubai government, and designed and developed by Helman Hurley Charvat Peacock/Architects, Inc.
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A pearl is a hard object produced within the soft tissue (specifically the mantle) of a living shelled mollusk.
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Pearl hunting is the act of recovering pearls from oysters in the sea.
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The Persian Gulf is a mediterranean sea in Western Asia.
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Persian, also known by its endonym Farsi or Parsi (English:; Persian: فارسی), is the predominant modern descendant of Old Persian, a southwestern Iranian language within the Indo-Iranian branch of the Indo-European languages.
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Phoenix is the capital, and largest city, of the state of Arizona.
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Alecia Beth "Pink" Hart (born September 8, 1979) (stylized as) is an American singer and songwriter.
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In the British Empire, a political officer or political agent was an officer of the imperial civil administration, as opposed to the military administration, usually operating outside imperial territory.
Port Rashid (ميناء راشد), also referred to as Mina Rashid, is a man made, commercial port in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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Proselytism is the act of attempting to convert people to another religion or opinion.
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Prosopis cineraria is a species of flowering tree in the pea family, Fabaceae.
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A protectorate, in its inception adopted by modern international law, is a dependent territory that has been granted local autonomy and some independence while still retaining the suzerainty of a greater sovereign state.
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Punjabi (Shahmukhi: پنجابی; Gurmukhi: ਪੰਜਾਬੀ) is an Indo-Aryan language spoken by 130 million native speakers worldwide, making it the 9th most widely spoken language (2015) in the world.
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Purchasing power parity (PPP) is a component of some economic theories and is a technique used to determine the relative value of different currencies.
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The Purple Line is a proposed line of the Dubai Metro network in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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Qatar (or; قطر; local vernacular pronunciation), officially the State of Qatar (دولة قطر), is a sovereign country located in Southwest Asia, occupying the small Qatar Peninsula on the northeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula.
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The riyal (Arabic: ريال; ISO 4217 code: QAR) is the currency of the State of Qatar.
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Racism consists of ideologies and practices that seek to justify, or cause, the unequal distribution of privileges, rights, or goods amongst, or otherwise exhibit hatred or prejudice towards, different racial groups.
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Ramadan (رمضان,;In Arabic phonology, it can be, depending on the region. also transliterated Ramazan, Ramzan, Ramadhan, or Ramathan) is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief.
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Ras al-Khaimah (alternatively Ra'sal-Khaymah or Ras el-Kheima; رأس الخيمة) is a member of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
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Râshid bin Sa`îd Âl Makṫûm (1912 – 7 October 1990) (راشد بن سعيد آل مكتوم) was the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Emîr (أمير) (Ruler) of Dubai.
Real estate is "property consisting of land and the buildings on it, along with its natural resources such as crops, minerals, or water; immovable property of this nature; an interest vested in this (also) an item of real property; (more generally) buildings or housing in general.
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The Red Line is one of the two lines on the Dubai Metro network in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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Reuters is an international news agency headquartered in Canary Wharf, London, England, United Kingdom and a division of Thomson Reuters.
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William Leonard Roberts II (born January 28, 1976), better known by his stage name Rick Ross, is an American rapper.
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Roxette is a Swedish pop rock duo, consisting of Marie Fredriksson (vocals) and Per Gessle (vocals and guitar).
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The Rub' al Khali (الربع الخالي,Other standardized transliterations include: /. The is the assimilated Arabic definite article,, which can also be transliterated as. "Empty Quarter") is the largest contiguous sand desert in the world (erg), encompassing most of the southern third of the Arabian Peninsula.
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Rugby union, or simply rugby, is a contact team sport which originated in England in the first half of the 19th century.
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San Juan (Saint John) is the capital and most populous municipality in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, an unincorporated territory of the United States.
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Santana are a Latin rock band formed in San Francisco, California in 1967 by Mexican guitarist Carlos Santana.
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Scotland (Scots:; Alba) is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and covers the northern third of the island of Great Britain.
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Seismology (from Greek σεισμός "earthquake" and -λογία "study of") is the scientific study of earthquakes and the propagation of elastic waves through the Earth or through other planet-like bodies.
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Selena Marie Gomez (born July 22, 1992) is an American actress, singer and fashion designer.
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Serco Group plc is a British outsourcing company based in Hook, Hampshire.
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Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll (born February 2, 1977) is a Colombian singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model.
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Shanghai is the largest Chinese city by population, p. 395.
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Sharia or sharia law (شريعة, is the Islamic legal system derived from the religious precepts of Islam, particularly the Quran and the Hadith. The term sharia comes from the Arabic language term sharīʿah, which means a body of moral and religious law derived from religious prophecy, as opposed to human legislation. Sharia deals with many topics, including crime, politics, and economics, as well as personal matters such as sexual intercourse, hygiene, diet, prayer, everyday etiquette and fasting. Adherence to sharia has served as one of the distinguishing characteristics of the Muslim faith historically. In its strictest and most historically coherent definition, sharia is considered in Islam as the infallible law of God.Coulson, N. J. (2011), A history of Islamic law, Aldine, ISBN 978-1412818551 There are two primary sources of sharia: the Quran, and the Hadiths (opinions and life example of Muhammad).Esposito, John (2001), Women in Muslim family law, Syracuse University Press, ISBN 978-0815629085 For topics and issues not directly addressed in these primary sources, sharia is derived. The derivation differs between the various sects of Islam (Sunni and Shia), and various jurisprudence schools such as Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi'i, Hanbali and Jafari. The sharia in these schools is derived hierarchically using one or more of the following guidelines: Ijma (usually the consensus of Muhammad's companions), Qiyas (analogy derived from the primary sources), Istihsan (ruling that serves the interest of Islam in the discretion of Islamic jurists) and Urf (customs). Sharia is a significant source of legislation in various Muslim countries. Some apply all or a majority of the sharia code, and these include Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Brunei, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Yemen and Mauritania. In these countries, sharia prescribed punishments such as beheading, flogging and stoning continue to be practiced judicially or extra-judicially. The introduction of sharia is a longstanding goal for Islamist movements globally, including in Western countries, but attempts to impose sharia have been accompanied by controversy, violence, and even warfare. Most countries do not recognize sharia; however, some countries in Asia, Africa and Europe recognize parts of sharia and accept it as the law on divorce, inheritance and other personal affairs of their Islamic population. In Britain, the Muslim Arbitration Tribunal makes use of sharia family law to settle disputes, and this limited adoption of sharia is controversial. The concept of crime, judicial process, justice and punishment embodied in sharia is different from that of secular law. The differences between sharia and secular laws have led to an ongoing controversy as to whether sharia is compatible with secular forms of government, human rights, freedom of thought, and women's rights.
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Sharjah (الشارقة) is the third largest and third most populous city in the United Arab Emirates, forming part of the Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman metropolitan area.
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Shawarma or Shawurma (شاورما / ALA-LC: shāwarmā) is a Levantine Arab meat preparation, where lamb, chicken, turkey, beef, veal, or mixed meats are placed on a spit (commonly a vertical spit in restaurants), and may be grilled for as long as a day.
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Shia (شيعة Shīʿah), an abbreviation of Shīʻatu ʻAlī (شيعة علي, "followers/party of Ali"), is a denomination of Islam which holds that the Islamic prophet Muhammad's proper successor as Caliph was his son-in-law and cousin Ali ibn Abi Talib.
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A Sikh (ਸਿੱਖ) is a follower of Sikhism, a monotheistic dharma which originated during the 15th century in the Punjab region of South Asia.
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Silver Bears is a 1978 joint British- and American-produced comedy thriller film directed by Ivan Passer and starring Michael Caine, Cybill Shepherd, Louis Jourdan and Joss Ackland.
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Sindhi (سنڌي, सिन्धी) is an Indo-Aryan language of the historical Sindh region, spoken by the Sindhi people.
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Sinhalese, known natively as Sinhala (සිංහල), is the native language of the Sinhalese people, who make up the largest ethnic group in Sri Lanka, numbering about 16 million.
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Sky News is a 24-hour international, multi-media news operation based in Britain.
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Smallpox was an infectious disease caused by either of two virus variants, Variola major and Variola minor.
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A souq or souk (سوق, שוק sūq, also spelled shuk, shooq, soq, souk, esouk, suk, sooq, souq, or suq) is an open-air marketplace or commercial quarter in Western Asian and North African cities.
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The striped hyena (Hyaena hyaena) is a species of true hyena native to North and East Africa, the Middle East, the Caucasus, Central Asia and the Indian Subcontinent.
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Dubai is a city in the United Arab Emirates, and is recognized as one of the fastest growing cities in the world.
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Switch is a 2013 Chinese-Hong Kong action film written and directed by Jay Sun and starring Andy Lau, Tong Dawei, Zhang Jingchu and Lin Chi-ling.
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Synergy University Dubai Campus is a branch campus of Synergy University (Russian: Университет Синергия) or Moscow University for Industry and Finance “Synergy” (Russian: Московский финансово-промышленный университет «Синергия») based in Dubai.
Tagalog is an Austronesian language spoken as a first language by a quarter of the population of the Philippines and as a second language by the majority.
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Tamil also spelt Thamizh is a Dravidian language spoken predominantly by Tamil people of Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka.
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Tehran (also Romanized as Tehrān) is the capital of Iran and Tehran Province.
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Telugu (తెలుగు telugu) is a Dravidian language and is the only language other than Hindi, English and Bengali that is predominantly spoken in more than one Indian state, being the primary language in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, as well as in the town of Yanam where it is also an official language.
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The Dubai Mall (دبي مول) is the world's largest shopping mall based on total area and fourth largest by gross leasable area.
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The National is a government-owned English-language daily newspaper published in Abu Dhabi.
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The New York Times (NYT) is an American daily newspaper, founded and continuously published in New York City since September 18, 1851, by the New York Times Company.
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The World or World Islands is an artificial archipelago of various small islands constructed in the rough shape of a world map, located in the waters of the Persian Gulf, off the coast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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The Thoroughbred is a horse breed best known for its use in horse racing.
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United Arab Emirates Standard Time or UAE Standard Time is the time zone for the United Arab Emirates.
Tourism in Dubai, part of the United Arab Emirates, is an important part of the Dubai government's strategy to maintain the flow of foreign cash into the emirate.
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Dubai (دبيّ) is the most populous city and emirate in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and the second largest emirate by territorial size after the capital, Abu Dhabi.
Tripoli (طرابلس,; Berber: Ṭrables) is the de jure capital city and the largest city of Libya.
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The Trucial States (also known as Trucial Oman, Trucial States of the Coast of Oman, the Trucial Coast, and Trucial Sheikhdoms) were a group of sheikhdoms in the south eastern Persian Gulf, previously known to the British as the 'Pirate Coast', which were signatories to treaties (hence 'trucial') with the British government.
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A tsunami (plural: tsunamis or tsunami; from 津波, lit. "harbor wave"; English pronunciation), also known as a seismic sea wave, is a series of waves in a water body caused by the displacement of a large volume of water, generally in an ocean or a large lake.
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Tulu (Tulu: ತುಳು ಭಾಷೆ Tuḷu bāse) is a language spoken by around 2 million native speakers mainly in the southwest part of Indian state of Karnataka and a small part of northern Kerala, which is known as Tulu Nadu.
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Twin towns or sister cities are a form of legal and social agreement between towns, cities, counties, oblasts, prefectures, provinces, regions, states, and even countries in geographically and politically distinct areas to promote cultural and commercial ties.
The UAE Arabian Gulf League is the top professional football league in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
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The Umayyad Caliphate (الخلافة الأموية, trans. Al-Khilāfat al-ʾumawiyya) was the second of the four major Islamic caliphates established after the death of Muhammad.
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Umm al-Quwain (أمّ القيوين) is the least populous of the seven sovereign emirates in the United Arab Emirates, located in the north of the country.
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The United Arab Emirates (دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة), sometimes simply called the Emirates or the UAE,الامارات is a country located in the southeast end of the Arabian Peninsula on the Persian Gulf, bordering Oman to the east and Saudi Arabia to the south, as well as sharing sea borders with Qatar and Iran.
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The dirham (درهم) (sign: د.إ; code: AED) is the currency of the United Arab Emirates.
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom (UK) or Britain, is a sovereign state in Europe.
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The United States of America (USA), commonly referred to as the United States (U.S.) or America, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major territories and various possessions.
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The United States dollar (sign: $; code: USD; also abbreviated US$ and referred to as the dollar, U.S. dollar, US dollar or American dollar) is the official currency of the United States and its overseas territories.
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The University of Wollongong in Dubai (in Arabic: جامعة ولونغونغ في دبي), abbreviated as UOWD, is a private university located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Urdu (اُردُو ALA-LC:;, or Modern Standard Urdu) is a standardised register of the Hindustani language.
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Valentine's Day, also known as Saint Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is a celebration observed on February 14 each year.
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Venice (Venezia; alternative obsolete form: Vinegia; Venetian: Venèxia; Venetiae; Benetke) is a city in northeastern Italy sited on a group of 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges.
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Vision magazine is a quarterly magazine published by Falcon and Associates, a strategic advisory concern working on behalf of the Dubai government.
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Welcome (Hindi: वेलकम) is a 2007 Indian masala comedy film directed by Anees Bazmee and produced by Firoz A. Nadiadwala & Ronnie Screwvala under the banner of UTV Motion Pictures.
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A World Heritage Site is a place (such as a building, city, complex, desert, forest, island, lake, monument, or mountain) that is listed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as being of special cultural or physical significance.
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The World Rugby Sevens Series, known officially as the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series from the 2015-16 season, and before that as the HSBC Sevens World Series since 2010, through sponsorship from banking group HSBC, is an annual series of international rugby sevens tournaments run by World Rugby featuring national sevens teams.
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Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (زايد بن سلطان آل نهيان; 6 May 1918 – 2 November 2004) was the principal driving force behind the formation of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Emîr (أمير) (Ruler) of Abu Dhabi and first Ra’îs (رئيس) (President) of the United Arab Emirates, a post which he held for over 33 years (1971–2004).
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The 2003 Invasion of Iraq lasted from 19 March to 1 May 2003 and signaled the start of the Iraq War, which was dubbed Operation Iraqi Freedom by the United States (prior to 19 March, the mission in Iraq was called Operation Enduring Freedom, a carryover from the War in Afghanistan).
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The 2009 Rugby Sevens World Cup was the fifth edition of the Rugby World Cup Sevens.
7Days is an English language free daily newspaper published in the United Arab Emirates.
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