When you hear it – “the Middle East” – images of unrest first come to mind, just as the media frequently portrays it. But that imagery no longer gives justice to what the United Arab Emirates has overcome. Little do we know that gone are the days of the Bedouin tents; in the UAE arises a new era of modernization, of luxury and extravagance. It is a transformation that not many have foreseen, but it is a welcome change in the region. Rising Gulf, a Dutch documentary, features this extraordinary shift of character and features how the makeover could possibly affect the rest of the world. Owing to the abundance of the supply of oil in these regions, Dubai and Abu Dhabi are thrust into a privileged makeover creating what the world knows today as the glamorous tourist havens of the Middle East.