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من المحل إلى الغنى ، قصة أبوظبي

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كتاب جميل يعد من أفضل الكتب اللتي تحكي مرحله تاريخيه مهمة عن مدينة أبوظبي عاصمة دولة الامارات العربية المتحدة يحكيها ابن الراحل عبدالجليل الفهيم.
يتحدث الكتاب عن المعاناة و الكفاح التي كان يعانيها اهالي مدينة أبوظبي بعددهم القليل ذلك الوقت لعدم توفر سبل الحياة الكريمة من طعام و رعاية صحية و تعليم.. حتى الستينات من القرن العشرين عند ظهور البترول ثم قيام الاتحاد ,, و من ثم يت
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Henna Pääkkönen
The title of this book, ”From Rags to Riches” couldnt be more befitted to account for the astonishing rise and creation of the tribal desert nation of UAE during the latter part of the 20th century from a poor pearl diving sheikhdom to a modern rich nation. Not much documented history exists before 1960 within the UAE; to the extent that most locals born before that date can only guess their birth date, and the author wanted to bring about some written piece to show the transformation of his nat ...more
AlAmmari Mohammed
Ever wondered how the Arabian Gulf countries were just 30-50 years ago? you can find the answers all in here, in this 108 pages book, very simple and direct to the point. I bought this book on my way back from Frankfurt to Bahrain through a stop over in Abu Dhabi airport, since I lost 2 books in the train in Germany I wanted to entertain my self before reaching Bahrain.
as a Bahraini I always knew life was difficult back then, specially before the first discovery of oil in Bahrain in the 30s, but
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إيمان مراد عبدالله
A story of Abu Dhabi by Mohammed al fahim.. A must read book
gokce
There are very few books on Abu Dhabi, and thus this book is a valuable contribution. But then again, it is written by a friend of the crown prince, offering a mainstream perception of how modern Abu Dhabi has become within the past 50 years. In other words, it is an expanded version of, 'There were no working bathrooms in Abu Dhabi in 1960s, now we have most advanced technologies.' It is rather irrelevant to suggest if I liked it or not, perhaps I can conclude that it was anthropologically inte ...more
Elisabeth Khan
Jan 28, 2016 Elisabeth Khan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Upon arrival in the United Arab Emirates, especially Dubai and Abu Dhabi, one is overwhelmed by the scale, the opulence, and the sheer newness of almost everything. Dubai is the bustling commercial center, while the capital, Abu Dhabi, is still in full expansion. World famous museums (the Louvre, etc.), universities (the Sorbonne, NYU,..), and hospitals (the Cleveland Clinic among others) have opened branches here or are in the process of doing so. Meanwhile, the native Emirati population has be ...more
Magically Dropz
Feb 18, 2016 Magically Dropz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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شعرت مع نهاية الكتاب اني أود أن امنحه النجمات الخمس ، لربما لم تكتب كافة الأحداث بتفاصيل مفصلة ككتب التاريخ و لربما كرر الكاتب بعض الأشياء هنا و هناك و لربما تحدث عن عائلته و نفسه في كثير من المواضع ... لكن لن يكون لقصة مثل هذه ان تحكى إلا بهذه الطريقة و إلا فقدت الكثير من المشاعر المرتبطة بها ، كما لو تمت كتابتها بطريقة تقريرية أكثر لفقدت القصة جوهرها و لفقدنا الكثير من ما شهده و رآه و ساهم به ، و من جهة أخرى نحن ليس لدينا الكثير من الوثائق الموثقة لتلك الفترة إلا عن طريق شاهيديها و معاصي
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Maha
كتاب لطيف يتناول التاريخ القريب لدولة الامارات منذ نهاية القرن التاسع عشر حتى نهاية القرن العشري . لا يسعنا الا ان نعجب بالتطور الهائل لدولة الامارات و لمن عاصر تلك النهضة و شارك فيها منذ بداية ال و حتى بداية القرن العشرين. المؤلف نفسة كان يسكن بيتا بلا كهرباء و يسافر من العين الى ابو ظبي في رحلة من عدة ايام على الجمال (توفي جدته و جدته في احدى هذه الرحلات) و توفت والدته وهي تلد و عمرها ثلاثون عاماً. قد يظن البعض ان حالة الوئام و الأسرار التي تعيشها دولة الامارات إنما هي لتآلف قلوب ناسها بالفطر ...more
Michelle
This is a really tough read. The writer - an Emirati - compiled this book from stories past down from oral history and memories. But if you can slog through it, it gives you a much better understanding of the Emirates and its culture - particularly Abu Dhabi.
3wish
May 19, 2015 3wish rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book gives the history for the UAE and how people changed and start adapting changes in their culture i recommend everyone who needs to know about UAE read this book which will give you some how idea about my country.
Angelika
May 28, 2013 Angelika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting for anyone in Abu Dhabi. The author is not a novelist, but his memories and description of Abu Dhabi growth are very interesting in their detail and explain a lot about Emirati mindsets.
Safia
Jul 02, 2014 Safia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's an enjoyable and not a huge book that give the reader image about how the society was before and after the oil, through the perspective of the author.
Linda
Oct 27, 2010 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was great to get some background on Abu Dhabi. It explains a lot of things, like the esteem that Sheik Zayed is held in.
Ara Tozlikian
May 23, 2016 Ara Tozlikian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I grabbed this book as i was leaving Abu Dhabi airport. I felt like i would take a bit of Abu Dhabi with me as I left.
It really is remarkable how Abu Dhabi has developed in such short time. I really enjoyed the description of how simple people were, with so little on their plate, it was quite unbelievable to think that one could change from terrible conditions in such short time.
Sheikh Zayed's guidance in such hard times was a great motive for the future of the Emirates.
Lovely book on this moder
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Virginie
Sep 02, 2015 Virginie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Would recommend to anybody who travels to or lives in Abu Dhabi.
Definitely the point of view of a local with an anti-British stance.
It makes you wonder at the breakneck speed of the country development.
Taunya
Jun 01, 2015 Taunya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really interesting book that tells a lot of history which I previously knew nothing about. Also provides some great insights into leadership and the importance of education.
Saeed Nasser
Apr 10, 2016 Saeed Nasser rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Melissa Cavanaugh
An interesting contrast to City of Gold as it was written by a local rather than an expat. Skip the first two chapters, a rather dry account of the emirate's growth prior to the 1960s, and tune in where the author begins interspersing accounts of his own life with an overview of the region's growth. I don't think this is for the general reader - really just someone with an interest in the area - but I liked it.
Laura
Although only 3 stars, I still think anyone who lives in Abu Dhabi should read absolutely this. The writing is just okay but it is a fascinating story about how this place changed so fast and a wonderful peek into life before oil was found and the transition years.
ACRL
Feb 26, 2010 ACRL added it  ·  review of another edition
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Read by ACRL Member of the Week Patricia Wand. Learn more about Patricia on the ACRL Insider blog.
Alia Yunis
While not a literary work, it is a great overview of the history of Abu Dhabi and how it rose from devastating poverty and isolation into extreme wealth in just over a decade.
John
May 23, 2011 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is an interesting story about a country that has come a long way in a short period of time. I enjoyed reading the book, but feel it is not for everyone.
Amna
its an interesting books and you will gain alot of information about the past of abudhabi
worth to read
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