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Friday, 31 March, 2000, 17:15 GMT 18:15 UK
Archive: Middle East
Members of Lebanon's Caracalla dance theatre
From a cultural renaissance in Beirut, to women footballers in Iran - our stories from across the region, since 1998.

United Arab Emirates (16 December 1999)
Reporter Meriel Beattie investigates how the UAE is cracking down on traditionally lavish weddings - and encouraging more frugal ceremonies by handing out cash. Plus, we meet an Englishwoman who's a world expert on camel breeding, and examine the UAE's expat economy.

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  • Israel (4 November 1999)
    Producer Hugh Levinson meets young Israelis who are avoiding army service, and examines their changing attitudes to duty and patriotism. Plus, a charm school trying to refine Israeli manners, and life in an officially unrecognised Arab village.
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  • Turkey (24 June 1999)
    Producer Lucy Ash explores Turkey's history of hosting refugees from the Balkans - and its contradictory feelings about Kosovars and Kurds. Plus, why the country's biggest pop star is embroiled in a row about the draft.
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  • Iran (25 February 1999)
    Tim Whewell visits the Islamic Republic of Iran, where change - from women's sport to Internet mullahs - is sweeping society. Plus, an exclusive look at Iranian architecture.
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  • Feature: Iranian women take to the field


    Lebanon (17 December 1998)
    Meriel Beattie reports on the continuing misery of the "security zone" in southern Lebanon, Beirut's construction boom, and the cultural renaissance going on in the country.
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  • Feature: South Lebanon's enduring war
  • Web Exclusive: Beirut rebuilds a culture



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