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Arabian Nights

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DUBAI: BY THE NUMBERS

Ranked 18th in the world in most competitive tourist destinations
Near the bottom of historic sites and natural beauty
3rd in friendliness to international tourists
10th in public safety
1st in marketing
Everyone speaks English
Dubai is surprisingly affordable
75 degrees: the average high in winter. In summer, it exceeds 120.
22,000
gallons: The amount of water the fountains of the Burj Kaliffa spray simultaneously
4 Dirham ~ $1

I would be lying if I said I wasn’t scared.

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Chinese New Year in Macau

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I had been extremely fortunate to spend Chinese New Year in Macau, an island off the coast of Hong Kong. The country is arguably the most far removed from western culture. Walking through the city, I met no Americans and struggled to find people who spoke English. What began as frustration turned to appreciation when I was humbly reminded of the purpose of traveling.

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