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1 How many fronds make up the Palm Jumeirah?

2 What is the top speed of the Burj Khalifa’s elevators?
a) 1,000 metres per second
b) 100 metres per second
c) 10 metres per second

3 Approximately how long does it take to travel the length of Dubai Metro’s Red Line?

4 How many bridges does Dubai boast?

5 Which is taller; Emirates Office Tower or Emirates Towers Hotel?


1 In 2010, how many Michelin-starred chefs had restaurants in Dubai?

2 Which movie was not filmed in Dubai?
a) City of Life
b) Sex and the City 2
c) Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

3 Where is the location of the forthcoming Palazzo Versace?

4 Which Dubai-based designer was featured as a guest designer on New Zealand’s Next Top Model?
a) Aiisha Ramadan
b) Ayesha Depala
c) Reema Al Banna

5 How much money did Whirling Dervishes by Mahmoud Saud sell for at Christie's Dubai?
a) Dhs90,000
b) Dhs900,000
c) Dhs9 million


1 Name the horse that won the 2010 Dubai World Cup.

2 Which team were surprise winners of the 2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens in Dubai?

3 Which two of these players have won the Dubai Tennis Championships men’s singles title three times in a row?
a) Novak Djokovic
b) Roger Federer
c) Andy Murray
d) Rafael Nadal

4 Which international sporting body is based in Dubai?
a) International Rugby Board
b) International Equestrian Tentpegging Association
c) International Cricket Council

5 What kind of sport is played at the Dubai Gold Cup?

Politics and people

1 Which year did His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum become ruler of Dubai?

2 Which country did the UAE excuse from repaying Dhs25 billion of debt in 2008?
a) USA
b) Iraq
c) Afghanistan

3 What is the most prevalent nationality in Dubai?
a) Emirati
b) Filipino
c) Indian

4 What year did the UAE first hold government elections?

5 Which Dubai luminary founded local charity Dubai Cares?


1 How many gold vending machines are there in Dubai?

2 What’s the average monthly wage of a Dubai-based labourer?
a) Dhs1,500
b) Dhs1,000
c) Dhs500

3 What was the estimated debt of Dubai World in 2010?
a) Dhs120 billion
b) Dhs220 billion
c) Dhs320 billion

4 How much did it cost to build the Dubai Metro?
a) Dhs18 billion
b) Dhs28 billion
c) Dhs38 billion

5 How much does a standard adult zone one bus ticket cost?

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1. 16
2. c)
3. 72 minutes
4. Four (Maktoum, Floating, Garhoud, Business Bay)
5. Emirates Office Tower at 354m (Emirates Towers Hotel is 309m)

1 12 (Atul Kochar, Zafran; Charles Rostang, Rostang; Gary Rhodes, Mezzanine and Twenty10; Giorgio Locatelli, Ronda Locatelli; Gordon Ramsay, Verre; Marco Pierre White, Frankie’s; Michel
Guérards, La Petite Maison; Nobu Matsuhisa, Nobu; Pierre Gagnaire, Reflets; the late Santi Santamaria, Ossiano; Vineet Bhatia, Indego; Yannick Alleno, Stay)
2 b
3 Dubai Creek, near Business Bay
4 a
5 Dhs9 million

1 Glória de Campeão
2 Wales
3 a Novak Djokovic and b Roger Federer
4 c
5 Polo

Politics and people
1 2006
2 b
3 c
4 2006
5 HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai

1 Six
2 b
3 b
4 b
5 Dhs2

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