Our morning with Shiekh AbdulAzeez Al Nuaimi was an incredibly valuable experience in that it gave us an opportunity to see what cultural modernization and social change look like in the Emirates. The stunning skyline and architecture along with the UAE's unprecedented economic rise had given us a physical understanding of these themes of modernization, but our exchange with the Sheikh gave us a new understanding. The rhetoric of connection and tolerance was a refreshing perspective and further emphasized the fact that these notions of kindness and commonality exist all over the world--the only thing that stands in their way is perception. I am very grateful to the Sheikh and his staff for providing such valuable insight into our trip to the United Arab Emirates.
Ronald Chen, 21.
Yale-NUS College, USA.