As a young nation founded in 1971, the United Arab Emirates has experienced unparalleled growth, elevating one generation from the depths of the desert to the heights of the world's tallest building, Al Burj Khalifa.

This rapid expansion attained through the control of oil wealth and an 80% migrant workforce has made the UAE an illustrious example of relative stability and progress in the Middle East.

Such metamorphosis, however, has engendered imbalances. Its citizens push and pull between "modernity" and tradition. While others living in the UAE, struggle within the limitations of their class and desire for opportunity. This essay seeks to explore those fractured relationships, the aspirations and the isolation felt in pursuit of them.

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