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Dubai experiences stand-up comedy boom

25 August 2012 Last updated at 00:28 BST

Performing arts tend to be in their infancy in expatriate communities where money and business are the main priorities.

However Dubai is bucking the trend as it experiences a mini boom in stand-up comedy, with increasing numbers of amateur comedy nights opening up across the emirate.

The growth in comedians comes as increasing numbers of people hope to turn what is usually a hobby into a full time career.

Simon Atkinson reports.

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