Dubai: The Story of the World's Fastest City
Atlantic Books, 1 dic. 2009 - 300 páginas
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.
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LibraryThing ReviewReseña de usuario - danoomistmatiste - LibraryThing
A very well written account of how the entire Emirates region was transformed overnight from a poverty stricken stone age backwater to super rich economic powerhouses largely due to the effects of oil ... Leer reseña completa
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proud to have made my way through this book. a look at sheikdoms, arab culture, explosive growth, skyscraper envy, unplanned development, labor exploitation, and unsustainability Leer reseña completa