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There are about 1.7 million people in Dubai. Most of them are foreigners, imported to drive its growth. Best estimates are that only 15% of the population is native-born, and that ratio could fall even lower. Stephen Beard introduces us to Dubai's vanishing breed -- the real Emiratis.
There's a women's only, ex-pat book club that gets together in Dubai the first Wednesday of every month. Its members are from Turkey, Yemen, Spain, Venezuela and Afghanistan. They say they'd like to get to know more locals. But that, and other things in Dubai, are hard.