For Emiratis, getting a cushy government job is the easy and preferred choice. In fact, the government provides amble benefits with little work. But with the government supporting an increasing population, one has to wonder what's happening to Emirati creativity.

David Brancaccio speaks to a young entrepreneur, Khalid al Ameri, as well as an Emirati chef who's not only inventing a cuisine specific to the U.A.E., but is also defying social expectation.

Listen to David's story on Marketplace.