Dubai Dreams: Inside the Kingdom of Bling
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Dubai Dreams: Inside the Kingdom of Bling

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Sun, sea, shopping, roaring nightlife, the world's tallest building, seven-star resort hotels and sprawling championship golf courses... these all come to mind when thinking about Dubai, the newest and most luxurious hotspot for business and leisure. But what lurks behind this glitzy glamour-town? Raymond Barrett investigates, and finds some fascinating results. Incredibly...more
ebook, 240 pages
Published December 15th 2010 by Nicholas Brealey Publishing (first published 2010)
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A.R. Zander
I thought this book was excellent. Gives anyone that wants to know about Dubai a real insider's account of what the place is like. I definitely recommend it.
I had no idea that Dubai was almost entirely populated by expats. According to the author, only a small percentage is Arab. At first it annoyed me that he spent the first several chapters talking about the "seedy underbelly" and the lower-rung imported workers. But, he eventually got to every group and lifestyle in the Emirate, talked about the history of the place, and even had side trips to the neighboring Emirates, putting Dubai in context with its neighbors. After reading this, I'll save my...more
I enjoyed this book as having been to Dubai and not understanding the place, I am vindicated! Very interesting book, combining history and a sensible account of what it's like today.
Ellie Revert
Fascinating story about the underbelly of the posh Dubai world---the workers who are imported from Bangladesh and India and Pakistan--and how they are treated. (kindle)
An honest account of Dubai - it's dreams, hopes, hypocracies and shadiness
Wow-have YOU ever wondered about Dubai?
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