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Test your knowledge of the UAE with this National Day quiz

Emirati siblings Rashood and Fatoom team up with Gulf News

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Dubai: If you think you know the UAE, then you need to meet Emirati siblings, Rashood and Fatoom.

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The irrepressible duo will test your knowledge on the UAE’s culture, heritage and achievement in a fun national day quiz, a Gulf News initiative, that will run from November 17 to 29.

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Answer Rashood’s questions and get the chance to be featured in the newspaper’s National Day Wall of Fame every other day starting November 17.

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If you are stuck for an answer, don’t worry. Rashood’s sister, Fatoom, is ever willing to help you out with clues.

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All you have to do is hunt for Fatoom in the pages of the newspaper’s different sections.

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You can post the answer on our Facebook page, where the questions will also be posted. You can also email the correct answer to


The reader with the correct answer will have their picture published in Gulf News as well as on the UAE National Day Wall of Fame that will be regularly updated on our Facebook page, so be sure to check the page for updates.

Finally, the six selected names over the 12-day quiz period will be part of a final pick, and exciting surprises await them.

So, join us in getting to know the culture and heritage of the UAE, and have fun while doing it.

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Question 1

Before it became the United Arab Emirates in 1971, what was the name used to refer to the seven emirates?

Answer: Trucial States.

Winner: Walter Lobo.

Question 2

On what date did the Dubai Metro, the longest driverless metro in the world, open?

Answer: 09/09/2009

Winner: Mehjabeen Abid, 34.
The Indian national, who has been an Abu Dhabi resident for the past 10 years, congratulated the UAE on its upcoming 43rd National Day.  “My favourite thing about the UAE is the peace and security that this country offers.  I wouldn’t have this peace of mind even in my home country. I love the UAE and couldn’t imagine living in any other country. I hope to be selected for the final prize, I have my fingers crossed.”

Question 3

Who was the UAE's first Prime Minister?

Answer: Shaikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Winner: Jessica Pereira, 28. 
The Indian national who has been living in the UAE since birth, wished the country's nationals and residents a happy 43rd National Day. "Since I lived here all my life, the UAE is where all my achievements from graduation to finding a job, took place. I like living here because of the great career opportunities in the country. Witnessing all the development and progress of the UAE has also been inspiring." Jessica has made it to our National Day Wall of Fame and could be selected to take home one of our exiticing surprises. You could be our fourth winner. All what you have to do is answer the next quiz question that will be featured on our newspaper and Facebook page.