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Another telling detail Otten noticed amidst local commerce was the way Muslim shop owners in the markets of Morocco (upper left) and Dubai (lower right) vanished during prayer time, leaving their wares virtually unprotected. "In Morocco there's a trust and respect in the community that nobody enters the store when a broom is placed across it like this," she says. "I found the same principle in Dubai, though there the technique is slightly different. They cover their items with fabric while they're gone."