chapter  14
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International Outcomes through Groupwork in Transnational Higher Education

ByHigher Education MAUREEN BELL, LOIS SMITH AND LEJLA VRAZALIC

Dubai is a city of skyscrapers, some fantastically shaped as waves or sails rising through the haze from the desert fl oor. Artifi cial waterways bring the ocean into the desert forming marinas, lakes and canals for acres of new waterfront properties. Offshore islands appear in shapes of palm trees and crescent moons. Giant desalination plants supply inland lakes for housing developments set amidst manicured green lawns and cascading fountains. Walking across the university campus past the neat sandstone buildings, it is only the sandstorm that reminds one of the remarkable fact that in 1970 the United Arab Emirates did not yet exist. Here were the sheikhdoms on the Gulfs of Arabia and Oman, a harsh and arid environment of Bedouin groups and fi shing villages.