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A DIAMOND IN THE DESERT: Behind the Scenes in the World's Richest City

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780340953402

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ON SALE: 18th February 2010

Genre: Society & Social Sciences / Society & Culture: General

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Barely forty years ago, Abu Dhabi was a fishing village on the Arabian Gulf. Now the capital of the United Arab Emirates, its citizens are each worth $17 million, it holds major stakes in Western economies, and has money to burn.
In this timely, revealing and evocative portrait of a global player, Jo Tatchell traces the emirate’s dramatic development and the sometimes ruinous effect of extreme wealth on its people and their desert culture. And as its rulers fund another giant leap forward, she probes behind the official facade to examine whether this secretive and controlled society can realise its breathtaking plans to transform relations between East and West.

Reviews

Unusually engaging...a compelling read
<i>Sunday Telegraph</i>
A welcome addition to the short list of books on Abu Dhabi...Engagingly written and sympathetic
<i>Guardian</i>
This is a place we need to know more about, and Tatchell here provides a smart, well-informed and flavorsome guide...the best thing I've read on the Gulf Coast boom town to date...it leaves you feeling you have come to grips with the realities of a land steeped in fable. The contradictions of its Islamic culture emerge starkly.
George Walden, <i>Bloomberg News</i>