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United Arab Emirates Country Quiz

🇦🇪 Can you guess these facts about the United Arab Emirates?
Quiz by Aaron197
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Last updated: June 25, 2022
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First submittedSeptember 28, 2019
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Capital city
Abu Dhabi
Most populous city
Dubai
The above city has the third-busiest ____ in the world, trailing only Atlanta and Beijing
Airport
Third-most populous city
Sharjah
Tallest building in the world
Burj Khalifa
Country from which the UAE gained its independence in 1971
United Kingdom
Countries bordering the UAE
Oman
Saudi Arabia
Currency
Dirham
Gulf on which the UAE lies
Persian Gulf
Most important export
Oil
Title used by the rulers of the seven individual emirates (hint: not Emir)
Sheikh
Official language
Arabic
A Muslim caught drinking alcohol can be punished with up to eighty ...
Lashes
Popular sport that once employed children but now uses robots
Camel racing
More than twice as many UAE residents were born in this country as were
born in the UAE itself
India
Type of bird that appears on the national emblem
Falcon
The Burj Al Arab has been described as the world's only seven star ...
Hotel
The Mall of the Emirates is famously one of the only places where you can do this indoors
Ski
Auto-themed theme park home to the world's fastest roller coaster
Ferrari World
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Level 68
May 24, 2020
18/20 first try, got them all the second time. Went to Dubai and Ras al Khaimah last October, was a great vacation.
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Level 69
May 24, 2020
I used to go to Dubai practically every month when I lived in the Middle East. I'd move there in a heartbeat if it wasn't so damn expensive.
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Level 70
May 25, 2020
I wouldn't even visit until they change the LGBTQ+ laws.. Can't imagine living in a country where the State decides who you can have sex with.
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Level 77
Aug 3, 2020
The State doesn't decide who you can have sex with, as long as the partner is of the opposite sex.
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Level 77
Aug 3, 2020
Guess you're not going to visit any of these countries shaded yellow/red then.
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Level 63
Oct 2, 2020
Strangely enough @benjaminmarker has visited Uganda,Kenya and Tanzania, where one is imprisoned for 10 years for practicing homosexuality.
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Level 60
Jan 24, 2022
Why is that strange? Maybe he or someone he knows had a bad experience in one of those countries and that has shaped his opinion.
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Level 46
Oct 25, 2022
Well good because I don't think they want you there either.
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Level 84
Oct 2, 2020
I went to Dubai often when I lived in Saudi Arabia because it was a nice break from being in Saudi Arabia... but I'd never want to live there. At least not permanently. Maybe for a couple years. Pretty hollow, soulless place.
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Level 61
Jan 1, 2021
Agree. Like Qatar. Every neighborhood looks like DisneyWorld Main Street: it's pretty, it's clean, it's fancy. And is generic and empty.
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Level 84
Dec 2, 2022
Agree with the sentiment but disagree with the comparison to Disney World. The only place I've been other than Disney World that I felt looked a lot like Disney World were some neighborhoods of Tokyo, but I actually think Tokyo probably would be a nice place to live. Disney World probably wouldn't be so bad, either.

Dubai is more like.... I don't know... a newer, shinier, flashier, emptier, more sanitized (though still rife with prostitution) version of Las Vegas. With poorer working conditions for the millions of expat laborers and less concern given to the environment. Or... though most people won't get this reference... as I once told my friend Dubai is kind of like Tyson's Corner (affluent area of Northern Virginia with a lot of expensive restaurants and big shopping malls), but less lived-in, with more English-speakers and fewer Arabs. (there are a ton of Arabs around Tyson's/McLean; also tons of people from other countries)

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Level 77
May 25, 2020
please accept flagellations as a type-ins for lashes
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Level ∞
May 25, 2020
Sure, why not
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Level 60
Aug 3, 2022
Also please accept Lashings.
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Level 47
May 17, 2022
also whippings maybe, I'm not English and I didnt know the word despite knowing the answer haha.
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Level 76
May 26, 2020
There are tons of places where you can ski indoors these days. UAE might be one of the only places in the desert, but certainly not one of the only in the world.
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Level 84
Oct 2, 2020
Wasn't it the first, though?
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Level 67
Oct 11, 2020
According to skiresort.info, there are at least 106 indoor ski areas with real snow. The German Wikipedia (https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skihalle) has an uncomlete list of 151 skiing halls. I only ever went skiing indoors. Saying this is one of the only seems at least a gross overstatement and more like a falsehood.
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Level 45
Nov 13, 2020
I heard that it is downhill skiing in Dubai, which is unusual for indoors, but I might be wrong.
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Level 84
Dec 2, 2022
it is. Though the slope isn't very big.
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Level 78
Dec 12, 2020
Glad to see a lot of other comments about this. I can think of at least half a dozen places just in the UK, and the Netherlands has loads. There's even one here in Madrid.
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Level 66
May 30, 2020
One of the only places you can do this in doors, what?? I thought it was a very common thing, or maybe you mean in the UAE? Now I am confused..

Edit ah I see I am not the only one..

In the Netherlands alone we have atleast half a dozen big indoor skicentres with real snow (Snowworld being the major name, and I believe the one in Landgraaf is the biggest in the world)

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Level 66
May 30, 2020
Maybe even more, ANWB, which is the national authority on travel and tourism (makes the roadsigns aswell, among other things) lists a total of 75+ places where you can ski*, most of which I assume atleast partly to be indoors, since we aren't known for our fabulous weather. A quarter actually has "indoor" in their name (and those aren't the aforementioned big ones, so that allready takes you over 30). There is a good chance they are not with real snow, but the question in the question does not mention that. they are all listed as places to ski or learn how to. *Link skicentres) Either way, Dubai isn''t the only place you can ski indoors by a loooong way.
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Level 77
Oct 2, 2020
Many Dutch people also visit our indoor ski center in Bottrop, which by the way has the world's largest indoor slope. (Rare opportunity to brag about my hometown)
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Level 67
Sep 30, 2020
You can ski indoors at Snow Planet in Auckland.
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Level 25
Jul 2, 2020
Plenty of Indians are born in the UAE as well. 90% of the students in my class are UAE-born.
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Level 66
Jul 12, 2020
great country, great people, great city in Dubai!
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Level 88
Oct 2, 2020
Looking at the questions and answers alone makes it sound like a pretty fun place to visit. Especially if you have money.
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Level 67
Oct 2, 2020
Really wanted the park to be called Muhammad World. Peace be upon him.
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Level 46
Oct 2, 2020
Flogging should also be accepted for Lashes.
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Level 72
Oct 3, 2020
80 flogging? It's asking for a plural noun.
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Level 52
Oct 2, 2020
I'm surprised the UAE has less than Honduras.
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Level 58
Oct 2, 2020
less... what?
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Level 52
Oct 2, 2020
People.
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Level 72
Oct 3, 2020
Hondurans.
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Level 71
Oct 2, 2020
I have so many questions about camel racing now... (mostly why they use children and robots instead of just using adults).
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Level 68
Oct 2, 2020
Not a camel racing expert, but I think they used children due to their lower weight. I assume they now use robots due to safety concerns (camels can go quite fast, so falling off can probably cause quite some injuries). Watching a race is actually pretty fun, I stumbled upon it while clicking through the channels in the UAE. You might wanna check it out :)
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Level 84
Dec 2, 2022
In camel racing the jockey barely does anything other than hold on. So... really the only qualification you are looking for in a camel jockey is that they be as lightweight as possible. Given the major ethical concerns involving cases of trafficking and forced labor of children for camel racing, and also that the robots can be lighter and hold on better than the kids anyway, the child jockeys have been getting phased out in favor of the robot ones.
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Level 72
Oct 2, 2020
Hmm, only Skiiing indoors in the Mall of the Emirates; I know of 3- (4) spots to do this in the Netherlands alone...
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Level 37
Oct 2, 2020
Lashes were never used as a punishment. The country never practiced it, even though its mentioned. The civil court follows the standard method all over the world if caught under the influence. Alcohol law differs from state to state in the UAE.
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Level 61
Dec 2, 2022
When I lived in Abu Dhabi I had a friend from Lebanon whose family had lived there for generations. His uncle received lashes for public intoxication so it definitely happened at one point.
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Level 58
Oct 2, 2020
This quiz is way too UAE-centric
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Level 75
Oct 3, 2020
Please consider accepting "lashings".
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Level 51
Oct 8, 2020
yeah, same
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Level 65
Jan 24, 2021
Accept "lashings" please.
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Level 45
Sep 12, 2021
I'm such an idiot. I wrote lashings instead of lashes and Arabian instead of Arabic
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Level 63
Sep 16, 2022
I knew the answer to the 80 punishment, but all I could think was whipping and flaying
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Level 52
Oct 12, 2022
I heard they recently loosened up with the alcohol punishments for the World Expo in Dubai. However, you will need a license.
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Level 54
Dec 3, 2022
Can you accept 'whips' for lashes please?
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Level 53
Dec 3, 2022
Been to Dubai twice and I visited all the places mentioned except Burj Al-Arab and even held a falcon on my hand, but somehow forgot that it was called Ferrari World, even though the place was completely Ferrari-themed :D