In terms of being modern, Dubai is one of the most youthful spots in the world. Its impressive skyline has only come to life in the last couples of decades, as if emerging from nothing. This great architectural achievement wasn’t just the result of the work of nationals.
Emirati nationals are in the minority in Dubai, with expats accounting for 80% of the population, which is currently estimated at 2.1 million. The influx of expats has been so high that the 1995 population figure of 700,000 has tripled. People are still heading to Dubai in search of success, despite the recession
Morocco has a population of 32 million people, about the same as Canada, though its landmass is akin to California. The majority of the population is Muslim – with a smattering of Christian and Jewish – which means most nationals do not consume alcohol. And if there’s an urge to, the government has 100% domestic booze tax in place. Paradoxically, the country has fourteen wine regions, and the standard of wine is considered to be good too.
We British love a good cup of tea, and so do the Moroccans! Whilst we prefer black tea, they favour green and have a big variety to choose from. Much like in China, tea ceremonies are common; during these people are shown how to prepare and drink tea correctly. Moroccans have a much sweeter tooth than is common in Britain however, having as many as six lumps of sugar in their tea, so be careful when accepting a cup!
Home to the ancient city of Carthage, Tunisia played a vital role in the Mediterranean. As it is located so close to the edge of North Africa, it became a sort of hub with links to important routes for shipping. The Arabs, Romans, French and Ottomans all viewed Tunisia as strategically significance over the years, using it as a regional vantage point.