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Synopsis: Dubai has become the watchword for all things new, glittering and very bling - a billionaire's dream world and a haven for international expatriates promising a fantasy land of tax-free fun, sun and sin. In less than a generation, this small city-state on the Arabian Gulf has been transformed from a sleepy smuggler's cove to a global financial and entertainment hub home to a number of world records, including the world's tallest building, the largest man-made island and the biggest shopping mall. But what is life really like for the people who live and work in the city of Dubai, beyond the towering skyscrapers, luxury resorts and opulent mansions?
Rather than just desert Sheikhs and designer-clad Emiratis, Raymond Barrett also encounters a dizzy melange of expatriates - Iranians, Ethiopians, Indians, Afghans, British and Chinese - all living their own version of The Dubai Dream. Behind the hyperbole and marketing spin, what are the real stories the city has to tell? From seven-star hotels to immigrant labour camps, from Sunni mosques to Hindu temples and from the courthouse to a back-alley speakeasy, Barrett draws a fascinating picture of the brave new world emerging from these desert sands. He reveals the hidden side of this playboy paradise and considers whether Dubai is a doomed Plastic Arabia or an authentic 21st century success story.
About the Author: Raymond Barrett has lived in the Middle East for nearly a decade and writes regularly on the region for Ireland's Sunday Business Post. He has also written for newspapers across the Middle East and in the United States.
Title: Dubai Dreams: Inside the Kingdom of Bling
Publisher: Nicholas Brealey
Publication Date: 2010
Book Condition: Used: Good
Book Description Nicholas Brealey Publishing, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Ex Library Book with usual stamps and stickers. A few small marks to the page edges. Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentioned. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Bookseller Inventory # mon0006244300
Book Description Nicholas Brealey Publishing 07/01/2010, 2010. Book Condition: used-good. Will be shipped promptly from UK warehouse. Book is in good condition with no missing pages, no damage or soiling and tight spine. There may be some dog-eared pages showing previous use but overall a great book. Bookseller Inventory # 9053-9781857885279
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Book Description -. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. Dubai Dreams: Inside the Kingdom of Bling This book is in very good condition and will be shipped within 24 hours of ordering. The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged. This book has clearly been well maintained and looked after thus far. Money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. See all our books here, order more than 1 book and get discounted shipping. Bookseller Inventory # 7719-9781857885279
Book Description Nicholas Brealey. Paperback. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. little to no wear, pages are clean. The cover and binding are crisp with next no creases. Bookseller Inventory # 2784335599
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Book Description Nicholas Brealey Publishing. Book Condition: New. pp. [viii] + 232 , Maps. Bookseller Inventory # 6521925
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Book Description Nicholas Brealey Publishing London & Boston 2010, 2010. 22 x 13cm, 232pp, softcover, good+ A no-holds barred account of the majesty and depravity of downtown Dubai. Bookseller Inventory # 151032