What proponents of this theory fail to recognise is that national identity and culture are dynamic and not static constructs. (See How Urbanisation Is Changing Emirati Identity) Nations that strive to maintain a balance between honouring the past and embracing the future are the ones that will best be prepared to face the challenges of the 21st century.
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Excellent statement. The Saudi TV show, 6ash Ma 6ash (Tash Ma Tash) addressed this issue in a humorous, yet emotional, way in the following episode (http://goo.gl/Zwozb7). I was born and raised in the UAE, have pursued my education in the United States, and I long to return to UAE and serve the community there.