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Old 09-09-2014, 07:05 AM
 
Location: In the heights
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I have never encountered this before.
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Old 09-12-2014, 05:50 AM
 
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This is probably mostly only a thing within North America, but I cannot believe how many people say something to the effect of 'Yeah, it's crazy how crowded India is, and then they have this crazy city of Dubai!'

I noticed this after telling some peers about a recent trip to India, and I swear about half of them had that exact reaction. Obviously they are most likely confusing Dubai with Mumbai, but the tone suggests they are surprised that a city as modern as Dubai can exist *if it did* in India. But still, Mumbai isn't exactly glamorous on the world stage so it becomes a bit confusing to me why this mistake seems so common. I could understand if both Mumbai and Dubai were as comparable as Abu Dhabi and Dubai, but that simply isn't true.

Anyone else agree?
Personally I don't know anyone who confuses Dubai with Mumbai.
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Old 09-12-2014, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Guangzhou, China
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I've never once heard anyone refer to Dubai as being in India.

Even the Arab-hatin', war-supportin', Muslim-fearin' MURICA types I've met scratch their heads at how there's a damn-near Hong Kong out there on the Arab Peninsula.

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Old 09-13-2014, 05:38 AM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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I think there are even more people who think its a country
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Old 09-13-2014, 11:20 AM
 
Location: In the heights
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I think there are even more people who think its a country
See, that I believe because a lot of people have a hard time differentiating among cities, provinces/states, countries, regions, and continents. However, the specifics of confusing Dubai as a part of India seems really unlikely.
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Old 10-03-2014, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Cedar Park, Texas
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I think there are even more people who think its a country
Having just come back from a two-week trip to Dubai and Muscat, Oman, this was my experience moreso than people thinking Dubai was in India. "Dubai" is said so much more than United Arab Emirates and I think people don't realize one is a city and one is a country.

What also surprised me was the number of people of all nationalities in Dubai who didn't know where the "United States" or "USA" is. Often, when asked where we were from, we had to answer "America" before they understood.

Regardless, we did love both Dubai and Muscat!
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Old 10-09-2014, 01:53 AM
 
Location: Guangzhou, China
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lack of knowledge of basic geography is expected from Americans.


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How many American know London, UK is more northern than North Dakota?
How many British know this, can point out North Dakota on a map, or have ever even heard of North Dakota?

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How many can point out roughly where Hawaii is on the map?
I'd guess somewhere in the 90-95% range.

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How many know Mexico is not in South America?
Most of them know. Anyone who went to junior high school should know.

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How many know Canada or Australia's capital city? How many have a very rough idea of Brazil's population?
What is this, Trivial Pursuit? How many Australians know roughly how many people live in California? How many Chinese know NYC's rough population? Why single out Americans for not knowing every metric or factoid about the rest of the world? Yawn.
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Old 10-09-2014, 10:39 PM
 
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Maybe it sounds like the word 'Mumbai'.

Those ignorant in geography or world politics or current events would thinkk it is a part of India.
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