From UAE to South Korea, a look at national service on National Day

Every year on December 2nd, millions across the seven emirates mark the day the UAE became a country.

This week, on Beyond the Headlines we are doing something a bit different.

Regular listeners will know that we usually try to break down some of the most pressing issues from across the region and beyond.

In the last few months, we have discussed protests in Sudan, Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon and Hong Kong.

We've tackled environmental issues from India's choking smog to whether carbon-capturing rocks in Oman can help avert climate change.

But today, we’ll hear a conversation between Faisal Salah and Daniel Lee, two men in their 20s from very different parts of the world – the UAE and South Korea – who both completed military service.

They reflect on their time as a conscript, their fears, the lessons they learned and what they missed most while serving.

If you haven't yet heard last week's episode, Who’s really running Iraq?, check out the link below where The National takes a look at 700 pages from Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security released to western news outlets.