x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Average day in Dubai caught on film by BBC

Show gives a glimpse into the lives of people who live in the emirate, from personal shoppers to window cleaners.

Window cleaners, charity workers and wealthy residents all feature in the One Day In programme.
Window cleaners, charity workers and wealthy residents all feature in the One Day In programme.

DUBAI // A personal shopper to the rich and famous and the people who keep the Middle East's first metro on track are among those featured in a BBC documentary spanning 24 hours in Dubai.

The programme airs this weekend as part of the One Day In series, which features 12 cities worldwide including London and Mumbai.

"Dubai is capitalism at breakneck speed," says the programme's narrator. "The city has an attitude that anything is possible."

The show opens with a morning view of the city's distinctive skyline and the start of the working day for the Burj Al Arab's team of window cleaners, before describing the emirate as the "centre of luxury living in the world".

Viewers then meet lifestyle consultant Derek Khan as he spends US$1 million (Dh3.67m) - given to him by one of India's richest men - on clothes and jewellery.

As morning turns to afternoon, attention shifts to Saher Shaikh, who runs the adopt-a-camp charity, as she visits labourers in Sonapur to hand out clothes and other much needed supplies.

We then take a tour of Dubai's souks followed by a trip on the Metro with Emirati Mariam Al Safar, a train crew supervisor.

The programme ends with a look at the city's nightlife and interviews the founders of Dubomedy Arts, which runs comedy classes.

The Dubai episode of One Day In will be broadcast on BBC World News on Saturday and Sunday at 3.30am and 10.30am UAE time.

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