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As governments across the Middle East try to wean themselves off natural resources and build diversified, resilient economies, they should take some lessons from Dubai.How Dubai managed not only to survive, but to thrive, in the wake of the crisis warrants closer scrutiny.This means that "Dubai, Inc".Dubai has done a good job of branding itself to attract the foreign investment and labor needed to achieve its growth ambitions.Two billion people live within a four-hour flight radius of Dubai, so it is unsurprising that it has emerged as a compelling location for visitors and investors alike.Dubai has complemented its competitive advantage in attracting high-skill workers and investment with labor policies that also bring in lower-skill foreign workers to power its growth engine. Dubai's reliance on foreign labor thus threatens its long-term economic capacity to withstand future shocks.Aware of these potential risks, Dubai's leadership has just approved a comprehensive plan to overhaul education aimed at developing indigenous human capital.
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