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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.

Sheikhs, Lies and Real Estate: The Untold Story of Dubai

By JR Roth

Released: 2012-12-03
Kindle Edition (318 pages)

Sheikhs, Lies and Real Estate: The Untold Story of Dubai
 
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THE CONTROVERSIAL NEW BOOK THE SHEIKHS DON'T WANT YOU TO READ...

"Adam is awestruck from the moment he steps off the plane, finding himself at the centre of a fairytale world of wealth and excess, cowboys and crooks, and hookahs and hookers. But as he delves deeper under the deceptive veil of the immense skyscrapers, lavish hotels, beautiful women and unspeakable riches, it is soon apparent that the rollercoaster city of Dubai hides a sinister underbelly which will either make or break him."

'Sheikhs, Lies and Real Estate' tells the remarkable story of one man's journey through the rise and fall of Dubai; the extraordinary untold tale of a rude awakening from an Arabian dream...

"This ground-breaking, rollercoaster book will shock, amuse and entertain you. We have all heard about or visited the larger than life city of Dubai, but nobody has heard the inside story like this before... An absolute must read!" - A. Hopkins (author of 'Journeyman')

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 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.

Dubai: The Story of the World's Fastest City

By Jim Krane

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

Dubai: The Story of the World s Fastest City
 
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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.

Dongri to Dubai

By S. Hussain Zaidi

Roli Books
Released: 2012-08-10
Kindle Edition (410 pages)

Dongri to Dubai
 
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Dongri to Dubai is the first ever attempt to chronicle the history of the Mumbai mafia. It is the story of notorious gangsters like Haji Mastan, Karim Lala, Varadarajan Mudaliar, Chhota Rajan, Abu Salem, but above all, it is the story of a young man who went astray despite having a father in the police force. Dawood Ibrahim was initiated into crime as a pawn in the hands of the Mumbai police and went on to wipe out the competition and eventually became the Mumbai police’s own nemesis.The narrative encompasses several milestones in the history of crime in India, from the rise of the Pathans, formation of the Dawood gang, the first ever supari, mafia’s nefarious role in Bollywood, Dawood’s move to Karachi, and Pakistan’s subsequent alleged role in sheltering one of the most wanted persons in the world.This story is primarily about how a boy from Dongri became a don in Dubai, and captures his bravado, cunningness, focus, ambition, and lust for power in a gripping narrative. The meticulously researched book provides an in-depth and comprehensive account of the mafia’s games of supremacy and internecine warfare.

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.

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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