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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’.

Arab Cinema Travels: Transnational Syria, Palestine, Dubai and Beyond (Cultural Histories of Cinema)

By Kay Dickinson

British Film Institute
Released: 2016-05-05
Paperback (232 pages)

Arab Cinema Travels: Transnational Syria, Palestine, Dubai and Beyond (Cultural Histories of Cinema)
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Exploring the impact of travel on Arab cinema, Kay Dickinson reveals how the cinemas of Syria, Palestine and Dubai have been shaped by the history and politics of international circulation. This compelling book offers fresh insights into film, mobility and the Middle East.

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.

Telling Tales : An Oral History of Dubai

By Julia Wheeler

Explorer Publishing
Hardcover (156 pages)

Telling Tales : An Oral History of Dubai
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BBC Gulf Correspondent Julia Wheeler was granted the unique privilege to talk to some of Dubai's founding citizens about how life once was in this mesmerising emirate. This collection of stories provides a rare insight into a city that has undergone one of the most dramatic metamorphoses in modern history. Paul Thuysbaert's intuitive and imaginative portraits transport these stories into the present and give Dubai a compelling face.

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.

Luxurious Dubai: A Beautiful Photography Coffee Table Photobook Tour Guide Book with Photo Pictures of the Spectacular City within United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Asia.

By Sophia Simone

Independently published
Paperback (50 pages)

Luxurious Dubai: A Beautiful Photography Coffee Table Photobook Tour Guide Book with Photo Pictures of the Spectacular City within United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Asia.
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One of the world’s most historic cities, experience and take a journey through this Dubai photo book and be transported to the much loved capital in this spectacular photography Book which captures this incredible city in all its grandeur.

Perfect for all lovers of this capital city, this beautifully packaged stunning coffee table photobook showcases different amazing pictures from Dubai from fascinating buildings to sandy deserts.

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Take a journey through the world's beautiful city, traveling from color to magnificent color with this beguiling book.

Insight Guides Explore Dubai (Travel Guide with Free eBook) (Insight Explore Guides)

By Insight Guides

Insight Guides
Paperback (128 pages)

Insight Guides Explore Dubai (Travel Guide with Free eBook) (Insight Explore Guides)
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Unlike anywhere else on earth, Dubai is a dazzling, glamorous desert metropolis with and ever-changing cityscape. Find your way around with Insight Guide Explore Dubai, a brand new title and the ideal pocket companion for your trip: a full-colour guide containing 14 easy-to-follow routes around the Emirate and its neighbours.
Inside Explore Dubai:
Discover the cutting-edge architecture of Sheikh Zayed Road and the traditional charms of Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood
Experience a cruise across the Creek and excursions into the desert
Insight's trademark cultural coverage sets the routes in context, with introductions to Dubai's cuisine, entertainment options, superlative shopping and key historical dates.
Our recommended places to eat and drink are highlighted in each route, with even more suggestions in the directory section, which also contains a wealth of useful practical information including a range of carefully selected accommodation to suit all budgets.
Pull-out map with useful plotted routes.
Evocative photography captures Dubai's unique attractions

About Insight Guides: Insight Guides has over 40 years' experience of publishing high-quality, visual travel guides. We produce around 400 full-colour print guide books and maps as well as picture-packed eBooks to meet different travellers' needs. Insight Guides' unique combination of beautiful travel photography and focus on history and culture together create a unique visual reference and planning tool to inspire your next adventure.

'Insight Guides has spawned many imitators but is still the best of its type.' - Wanderlust Magazine

4d Cityscape Dubai History Time

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4D Cityscape Inc
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4d Cityscape Dubai History Time
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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.


 
 
 

 
 
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