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Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the Prime Minister and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates, and the ruler of Dubai. He has helped transform the emirate of Dubai from a desert town into a major business hub and tourist destination. He has developed an active pursuit of quality, which ranges from business and sports to making Dubai a world-class city.

Sheikh Mohammed was born in 1949. From the age of four, he was privately tutored in Arabic and Islamic Studies. He was an excellent student and was said to have a photographic memory. His father, Sheikh Rashed, started grooming Sheik Mohammed for political leadership from the age of nine. Throughout his youth, Sheikh Mohammed joined meetings with bankers, businessmen and intellectuals.

Sheikh Mohammed also developed a keen interest in traditional Arabic poetry, as well as falconry and horse riding. He is an expert in both pursuits and he now hosts the world’s richest horse race, the Dubai Gold Cup. His love of sport has also resulted in many other prestigious international sporting events being held in Dubai, including tennis, rugby and golf.

Sheikh Mohammed has guided many projects that are transforming Dubai’s international image. These include the Burj Al Arab hotel, the luxury offshore islands and the world’s tallest building. He owns Dubai Holdings, a company with many investments around the world. He is also well known for his charity. In 2007, he launched Dubai Cares, a campaign to educate one million children in poor countries.

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Sources: http://www.wikipedia.org/ and assorted biographies.


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SYNONYM MATCH

Match the words from the article on the left with their synonyms on the right. Are your answers the same as other students’?

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

ruler

a.

boyhood

2

hub

b.

taught

3.

quality

c.

preparing

4.

tutored

d.

leader

5.

grooming

e.

excellence

6.

youth

f.

centre


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

keen

g.

famous

8.

pursuits

h.

respected

9.

prestigious

i.

started

10.

image

j.

activities

11

well known

k

enthusiastic

12

launched

l

reputation

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

1.

He has helped transform

a.

of quality

2

an active pursuit

b.

the emirate of Dubai

3.

business

c.

tallest building

4.

he was privately

d.

richest horse race

5.

have a photographic

e.

educate one million children

6.

he now hosts the world’s

f.

hub

7.

prestigious international

g.

investments around the world

8.

the world’s

h.

tutored in Arabic

9.

a company with many

i.

sporting events

10.

a campaign to

j.

memory


LISTENING GAP FILL

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the Prime Minister and ____________ of the United Arab Emirates, and ____________ Dubai. He has helped transform the emirate of Dubai from a desert town into a major ____________ and tourist destination. He has developed an active pursuit of quality, which ____________ business and sports to making Dubai a world-class city.

Sheikh Mohammed was born in 1949. From the age of four, he was ____________ in Arabic and Islamic Studies. He was an excellent student and was said to have a _______________. His father, Sheikh Rashed, _______________ Sheik Mohammed for political leadership from the age of nine. Throughout his youth, Sheikh Mohammed _______________ with bankers, businessmen and intellectuals.

Sheikh Mohammed also developed ____________ in traditional Arabic poetry, as well as falconry and horse riding. He is an expert in ____________ and he now hosts the world’s richest horse race, the Dubai Gold Cup. His love of sport has also ____________ many other prestigious international sporting events ______________ Dubai, including tennis, rugby and golf.

Sheikh Mohammed ____________ many projects that are transforming Dubai’s international image. These include the Burj Al Arab hotel, the luxury ______________ and the world’s tallest building. He owns Dubai Holdings, a company with many investments around the world. He is also well known _______________. In 2007, he launched Dubai Cares, ____________  educate one million children in poor countries.


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

Delete the wrong word in each of the pairs in italics.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the Prime Minister and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates, and the rule / ruler of Dubai. He has helped transform / transformer the emirate of Dubai from a desert town into / onto a major business hub and tourist destination. He has developed an active pursue / pursuit of quality, which ranges from business and sports to making Dubai a world-class city.

Sheikh Mohammed was born in 1949. From the old / age of four, he was privately tutored in Arabic and Islamic Studies. He was an excellent / excelled student and was said to have a photographic memory. His father, Sheikh Rashed, started grooming Sheik Mohammed for political leadership from / for the age of nine. Throughout his youthful / youth, Sheikh Mohammed joined meetings with bankers, businessmen and intellectuals.

Sheikh Mohammed also developed a keen interesting / interest in traditional Arabic poetry, as well as falconry and horse riding. He is an export / expert in both pursuits and he now hosts the world’s richest horse race / racehorse, the Dubai Gold Cup. His love of sport has also resulted in many other prestigious international sporting events being / were held in Dubai, including tennis, rugby and golf.

Sheikh Mohammed has guided many / much projects that are transforming Dubai’s international image. This / These include the Burj Al Arab hotel, the luxury offshore islands and the world’s tallest building. He owner / owns Dubai Holdings, a company with many investments around the world. He is also well known for his charity. In 2007, he launched Dubai Cares, a campaign to educate one million children in poverty / poor countries.


SPELLING

The underlined, jumbled words are from the text. Spell them correctly.

Paragraph 1
 

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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Paragraph 2
 

5.

he was privately otduret in Arabic

6.

have a photographic eymmor

7.

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8.

Sheikh Mohammed joined estmngie with bankers


Paragraph 3
 

9.

developed a keen reinttse in traditional Arabic poetry

10.

He is an rxpete

11.

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12.

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Paragraph 4
 

13.

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14.

the ruyxul offshore islands

15.

many nnvisstteem around the world

16.

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PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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from business and sports to making Dubai a world-class city.

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Sheikh Mohammed has guided many projects that are transforming Dubai’s international image. These

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Studies. He was an excellent student and was said to have a photographic memory. His father, Sheikh Rashed, started

(    )

 

Sheikh Mohammed also developed a keen interest in traditional Arabic poetry, as well as falconry and horse riding. He is an expert

(    )

 

many other prestigious international sporting events being held in Dubai, including tennis, rugby and golf.

(    )

 

of Dubai. He has helped transform the emirate of Dubai from a desert town into a major business

(    )

 

in both pursuits and now hosts the world’s richest horse race, the Dubai Gold Cup. His love of sport has also resulted in

(    )

 

include the Burj Al Arab hotel, the luxury offshore islands and the world’s tallest building. He owns Dubai

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youth, Sheikh Mohammed joined meetings with bankers, businessmen and intellectuals.

(    )

 

grooming Sheik Mohammed for political leadership from the age of nine. Throughout his

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charity. In 2007, he launched Dubai Cares, a campaign to educate one million children in poor countries.

(    )

 

hub and tourist destination. He has developed an active pursuit of quality, which ranges

(    )

 

Sheikh Mohammed was born in 1949. From the age of four, he was privately tutored in Arabic and Islamic

( 1 )

 

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the Prime Minister and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates, and the ruler

(    )

 

Holdings, a company with many investments around the world. He is also well known for his


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

With your partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

emirate    the    transform    helped    has    He    Dubai    of

2.

hub    tourist    a    business    and    destination    major

3.

class    making    a    -    city    Dubai    world

4.

was    From    of    he    tutored    age    ,    privately    the    four

5.

with    meetings    joined    Mohammed    Sheikh    bankers

6.

keen    a    developed    poetry    Arabic    traditional    in    interest

7.

race    horse    richest    world’s    the    hosts    now    he

8.

with    company    a    world    the    around    investments    many

9.

well    also    is    He    charity    his    for    known

10.

one    children    campaign    educate    million    a    to


SHEIKH MOHAMMED DISCUSSION

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

What do you know about Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum?

2.

Would you like to meet Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum?

3.

What would you like to know about Sheikh Mohammed and why?

4.

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5.

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6.

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7.

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8.

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

What did you learn from this text about Sheikh Mohammed?

2.

What questions would you like to ask Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum?

3.

What would his answers be to those questions?

4.

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5.

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6.

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7.

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8.

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SHEIKH MOHAMMED AL MAKTOUM SURVEY

Write five questions about Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum in the table. Do this in pairs/groups. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

Without your partner, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

STUDENT 1

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STUDENT 2

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STUDENT 3

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Q.1.

 

 

 

 

Q.2.

 

 

 

 

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Return to your original partner(s) and share and talk about what you found out.  Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.


WRITING

Write about Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find more information about Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. SHEIKH MOHAMMED AL MAKTOUM POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum. Show your poster to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all find out similar things?

4. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum. Include an imaginary interview with him. Write about what he does every day and what he thinks about.

Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum. Ask him three questions about his life. Give him three suggestions on what he should do in his future. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your “Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.


ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

ruler

a.

leader

2

hub

b.

centre

3.

quality

c.

excellence

4.

tutored

d.

taught

5.

grooming

e.

preparing

6.

youth

f.

boyhood


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

keen

g.

enthusiastic

8.

pursuits

h.

activities

9.

prestigious

i.

respected

10.

image

j.

reputation

11

well known

k

famous

12

launched

l

started

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

He has helped transform

a.

the emirate of Dubai

2

an active pursuit

b.

of quality

3.

business

c.

hub

4.

he was privately

d.

tutored in Arabic

5.

have a photographic

e.

memory

6.

he now hosts the world’s

f.

richest horse race

7.

prestigious international

g.

sporting events

8.

the world’s

h.

tallest building

9.

a company with many

i.

investments around the world

10.

a campaign to

j.

educate one million children

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