How much do you know about the UAE? Take this quiz

A retired expatriate from India decided to give back to the country he's called home for 34 years by creating a site to educate people about the UAE.

Most online quizzes seem to be an expression of vanity, but for Mohammed Pervez, they are a way to give back to the UAE.

Mr Pervez, a retired Indian expatriate, created the website quizuae.com to educate people about the country that he has called home for 34 years.

He spent “three or four months” building the website, which features quizzes on the UAE, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and the Northern Emirates, as a way to educate people in a “fun way”.

“Quizzes appeal to everyone,” said Mr Pervez, 62, from Hyderabad. He calls the quizzes a means of casual education.

The website is free but requires users to register. There are still some kinks – some questions are repeated, for example – but Mr Pervez said he was working on improving the site and hopes to find sponsors.

His website went live on National Day and, after fixing some issues, he decided to start promoting it.

“I thought on the eve of National Day it would be some sort of dedication and tribute from me, having worked for so long in this country,” he said.

He said that people can learn in a “soft” way that is more engaging, through his website.

“If you’re sitting at a bus stop waiting for your bus, or an appointment, and don’t want hard reading – just casual surfing, you might take part in these quizzes,” he said.

“It’s a mix of two ideas. The first idea was the quiz-based e-learning idea.”

He hopes the site “will be something interesting and useful for people here”.

The quizzes include questions on history, geography, trivia, travel and tourism.

They cover the country’s longitude and latitude, airport codes, airline history, exports and imports, local cultural symbols, small towns and even the colours of the UAE’s currency.

It also asks users to choose the most popular sites in Sharjah, know the location of the country’s oldest mosque, and list the UAE ranking in terms of oil production, gas production, population and gross domestic product.

“QuizUAE is a dedication by a long-time UAE resident to this wonderful country and its friendly people,” the website reads. “Few countries in the world have achieved such rapid development within a single generation as the United Arab Emirates has achieved.”

Mr Pervez came to the UAE in 1981 in search of a job, with a master’s degree in business administration under his belt and a background in finance. He was employed by a bank before joining Emirates airline, where he has worked for 32 years.

“I was one of the first in a very elementary team to start the airline,” he said. Emirates started flight operations in 1985.

Mr Pervez has two adult children who work in the UAE and a daughter in Canada.

He said he has enjoyed all of the UAE, which he described as “a nice place, safe and comfortable”, with “plenty of everything”.

“I’m very grateful for that,” he said. “I don’t expect to be making much money in this venture, but all this effort – sentiment is behind it. It’s something that might give back to this country a little bit.”

lcarroll@thenational.ae

Published: December 18, 2014 04:00 AM

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