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WIDE ANGLE | The Sand Castle | PBS

His Highness Sheikh Saud of Ras al-Khaimah has a grandiose dream -- a new capital city in the middle of his desert kingdom. Once an outpost for pirates and the pearl trade, the United Arab Emirates is reinventing itself, and Ras al-Khaimah, the northern emirate, wants a piece of the future. "The Sand Castle" follows a Norwegian architectural firm as it bids to create a city on the sand dunes. The film immerses viewers inside the royal headquarters and a fascinating encounter between Eastern and Western minds -- the Emirates' ambitions and the architects' struggle to realize their demanding Arab client's mirage. PBS Airdate: Tuesday, July 24th at 9pm (check local listings). For more information please visit
Length: 03:46


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