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City of Gold: Dubai and the Dream of Capitalism

By Jim Krane

St. Martin's Press
Released: 2009-09-15
Kindle Edition (388 pages)

City of Gold: Dubai and the Dream of Capitalism
 
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Award-winning journalist Jim Krane charts the history of Dubai from its earliest days, considers the influence of the family who has ruled it since the nineteenth century, and looks at the effect of the global economic downturn on a place that many tout as a blueprint for a more stable Middle East

The city of Dubai, one of the seven United Arab Emirates, is everything the Arab world isn't: a freewheeling capitalist oasis where the market rules and history is swept aside. Until the credit crunch knocked it flat, Dubai was the fastest-growing city in the world, with a roaring economy that outpaced China's while luring more tourists than all of India. It's one of the world's safest places, a stone's throw from its most dangerous.

In City of Gold, Jim Krane, who reported for the AP from Dubai, brings us a boots-on-the-ground look at this fascinating place by walking its streets, talking to its business titans, its prostitutes, and the hard-bitten men who built its fanciful skyline. He delves into the city's history, paints an intimate portrait of the ruling Maktoum family, and ponders where the city is headed.

Dubai literally came out of nowhere. It was a poor and dusty village in the 1960s. Now it's been transformed into the quintessential metropolis of the future through the vision of clever sheikhs, Western capitalists, and a river of investor money that poured in from around the globe. What has emerged is a tolerant and cosmopolitan city awash in architectural landmarks, luxury resorts, and Disnified kitsch. It's at once home to America's most prestigious companies and universities and a magnet for the Middle East's intelligentsia.

Dubai's dream of capitalism has also created a deeply stratified city that is one of the world's worst polluters. Wild growth has clogged its streets and left its citizens a tiny minority in a sea of foreigners. Jim Krane considers all of this and casts a critical eye on the toll that the global economic downturn has taken.

While many think Dubai's glory days have passed, insiders like Jim Krane who got to know the city and its creators firsthand realize there's much more to come in the City of Gold, a place that, in just a few years, has made itself known to nearly every person on earth.

Beyond Dubai: Seeking Lost Cities in the Emirates

By David Millar

Melting Tundra Publishing
Paperback (308 pages)

Beyond Dubai: Seeking Lost Cities in the Emirates
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Beyond Dubai is a light-hearted journey around the Emirates in search of its past—encountering smugglers, fire-starting genies, loved-up camels, and a mysterious mountain tribe along the way. In addition to exploring the UAE’s lost cities and hidden treasures, it also tells the extraordinary tale of how climate change transformed a once-fertile grassland into the starkly beautiful desert that it is today.

Dubai: Behind an Urban Spectacle (Planning, History and Environment)

By Yasser Elsheshtawy

Brand: Routledge
Paperback (304 pages)

Dubai: Behind an Urban Spectacle (Planning, History and Environment)
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Yasser Elsheshtawy explores Dubai’s history from its beginnings as a small fishing village to its place on the world stage today, using historical narratives, travel descriptions, novels and fictional accounts by local writers to bring colour to his history of the city’s urban development.

With the help of case studies and surveys this book explores the economic and political forces driving Dubai’s urban growth, its changing urbanity and its place within the global city network. Uniquely, it looks beyond the glamour of Dubai’s mega-projects, and provides an in-depth exploration of a select set of spaces which reveal the city’s ‘inner life’.

Dubai: Gilded Cage

By Syed Ali

Yale University Press
Paperback (360 pages)

Dubai: Gilded Cage
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In less than two decades, Dubai has transformed itself from an obscure Gulf emirate into a global center for business, tourism, and luxury living. It is a fascinating case study in light-speed urban development, hyperconsumerism, massive immigration, and vertiginous inequality. Its rulers have succeeded in making Dubai into a worldwide brand, publicizing its astonishing hotels and leisure opportunities while at the same time successfully downplaying its complex policies towards guest workers and suppression of dissent.

In this enormously readable book, Syed Ali delves beneath the dazzling surface to analyze how—and at what cost—Dubai has achieved such success. Ali brings alive a society rigidly divided between expatriate Westerners living self-indulgent lifestyles on short-term work visas, native Emiratis who are largely passive observers and beneficiaries of what Dubai has become, and workers from the developing world who provide the manual labor and domestic service needed to keep the emirate running, often at great personal cost.

Dubai: The Story of the World's Fastest City

By Jim Krane

Atlantic Books
Released: 2019-04-04
Paperback (400 pages)

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Today, Dubai is a city of shimmering skyscrapers attracting thousands of tourists every year. Yet just sixty years ago Dubai's population scraped a living by picking dates, diving for pearls, or sailing in wooden dhows to trade with Iran and India.

Dubai is everything the rest of the Arab world is not. Until recently it was the fastest-growing city in the world, with an economy whose growth outpaced China's while luring more tourists than all of India. The city has become a metaphor for the lush life, where the wealthy mingle in gilded splendour and luxury cars fill the streets, yet it is also beset by a backwash of bad design, environmental degradation and controversial labour practices. Dubai tells its unique story.

Dubai: The Vulnerability of Success

By Christopher Davidson

Oxford University Press
Paperback (392 pages)

Dubai: The Vulnerability of Success
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Dubai is a remarkable success story. From its origins as a small fishing and pearling community, the emirate has gone from strength to strength, having established itself as the premier trading entrepot of the Arabian Gulf and, in more recent years, having boomed into a massive metropolis of some two or more million people, most of whom are expatriates engaged in an increasingly diversified economy that has become synonymous with startling and innovative architecture. Following a detailed historical background, Davidson's in-depth study demonstrates how Dubai's pioneering post-oil development strategies were implemented against a carefully managed backdrop of near complete political stability, despite the lack of democratisation and genuine civil society. He then addresses the problems that may surface as the need for sustained foreign direct investment encourages far-reaching socio-economic reforms, many of which may affect the ideological, religious, and cultural legitimacy of the traditional monarchy. He also analyses Dubai's awkward relationship with its federal partners in the United Arab Emirates, before highlighting some of the hidden costs of being the region's most successful free port-namely its attractiveness to international criminal fraternities, the global black money economy and terrorist networks.

The Genesis of the Maktoum Family and the History of Dubai

By Graeme Wilson

Media Prima
Hardcover (640 pages)

The Genesis of the Maktoum Family and the History of Dubai
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Rashid's Legacy is the story of Dubai. Highlighting the arrival of the Maktoum family in the sheikhdom over 170 years ago, the book profiles the origins of the emirate from the beginning of its recorded history and through the leadership of a succession of family members. The book goes on to map an extraordinary story - that of the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, renowned as being the Father of Dubai. Sheikh Rashid passed away in 1990. He left behind a thriving and prosperous Dubai which boasted a plethora of infrastructural, industrial and economic features that would carry his emirate into the 21st Century. Unarguably, however, Sheikh Rashid's greatest triumph was to bequeath to Dubai his sons - the late Sheikh Maktoum, Sheikh Hamdan, Sheikh Mohammed and Sheikh Ahmed. Each brought to Dubai his own talents and energy. Through them, Sheikh Rashid's vision of Dubai has been carried forward. Rashid's Legacy portrays a family that has transformed modern Dubai and the UAE, and is today impacting on regional and international levels. Given far reaching access to those who have known the Maktoum brothers best, the author was privileged to go further and deeper than any writer has yet been able in tracing the genesis of modern Dubai. Using printed archives from around the globe and the recollections of those who have been involved with, or observed, Dubai's extraordinary period of modern development, Rashid's Legacy paints a portrait of a family dedicated to their people and determined to construct a cohesive and sustainable future.

Places to know Dubai history Dubai Museum Dubai AbuDhabi 2018 Series (EvoToPhotobook) (Japanese Edition)

By Hayato Hoshino

EvoToPublishing
Released: 2019-03-04
Kindle Edition (63 pages)

Places to know Dubai history Dubai Museum Dubai AbuDhabi 2018 Series (EvoToPhotobook) (Japanese Edition)
 
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ただの小さな漁村に過ぎなかったドバイは、イギリス・ドバイからの独立後、いかなる経緯をたどり、世界の先端を行く国家に成長したのか?ドバイ博物館では、その一端を垣間見ることができる。

18世紀頃、近隣部族の侵入を防ぐために造られた建てられたアル・ファヒディ砦。実際に砦として使われていたこの建物の一部が、ドバイ博物館として利用されている。外観はまさに砦そのものである。

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The Independent Guide to Dubai 2019: Includes Abu Dhabi mini-guide

By G Costa

Independently published
Paperback (108 pages)

The Independent Guide to Dubai 2019: Includes Abu Dhabi mini-guide
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NEW, COMPLETELY RE-WRITTEN AND FULLY UPDATED

The Independent Guide to Dubai 2019 is the perfect resource for planning your trip to one of the most exciting and fast-changing places in the world.Discover how to make your trip to this incredible place unforgettable.

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*Full coverage of things to do, hotels and restaurants - Our neighbourhood guides section splits Dubai into areas. We cover the various tourist hotspots, as well as dining and accommodation options. Listings include handy information such as the address, operating hours, entry prices, and the nearest metro station to make touring easy.
* Example itineraries for visits between 3 and 7 days, making planning your stay easy.
* A chapter dedicated to Abu Dhabi including what to see, where to stay and where to eat. Also includes sample itineraries from 1 to 3 days.
* An insight into Dubai’s culture and customs from religion to the local people, and from tipping to what clothes to wear. Plus, understand the regulations around alcohol, what is it like visiting Dubai during Ramadan and important local laws you must know before you arrive.
* An in-depth transportation guide covers your ticketing options, Nol Cards, the metro and buses, boat services, trams, taxis, and more.
*CityPasses and discounted entries - Learn how to save money and where to get your tickets.
* Dubai’s unique and fascinating history is retold in an engaging way in our short, but informative, history section. Discover Dubai’s transformation from a quiet village to an international destination with the world’s tallest building. The past here is just as interesting as the city you see today.
* Dubai’s seasonal events mean there is always something unique going on no matter when you visit the city.

4d Cityscape Dubai History Time

By 4D Cityscape Inc.

4D Cityscape Inc
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