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A visit to Dubai's falcon hospital

Falcons hold a special place in the United Arab Emirates, so it's probably no surprise that they have a hospital especially for their care. Kai Ryssdal has more.

Tending to Dubai's Muslim roots

The United Arab Emirates is an Islamic country, but sometimes it's hard to tell -- especially in Dubai. Which is a surprise for some Muslims who move there. Amy Scott reports.

A talk with Middle East media mogul

The Middle East Broadcasting Company runs the Al Arabiya news channel, a competitor to Al Jazeera. It's run by a member of the Saudi royal family, Sheikh Waleed bin Ibrahim. Kai Ryssdal spoke with him at his office in Dubai's Media City.

Hotel rules follow Islamic laws

Sharia, or Islamic, law shows up in a lot of different businesses in the Middle East, including the hospitality trade. Somewhat less-strict but still Islamic-friendly hotels are popping up all over the Middle East, including Dubai. Sean Cole checked them out.

Can Islam shape sustainable business?

Islam frowns on wasting natural resources. It's a nod to tribal days when survival depended on it. Today some Middle Eastern businesses are reaching back to those green Islamic roots to get an edge on the global competition. Sam Eaton reports.

Saudi boy meets girl -- via Bluetooth

Under Islamic law in Saudi Arabia, unrelated men and women can't mix in public. Courtship and marriages are traditionally arranged. But young Saudis are starting to resist -- and technology's helping them bend the rules. Kelly McEvers reports from Riyadh.

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