lanning a journey to Dubai?


lanning a journey to Dubai? It is never too soon to review the location of yours. Let some terrific books set the mood.

After you have received through Jim Krane’s compelling Dubai: The Story of the World’s Fastest City, describing the emirate’s transformation from sandpit to worldwide metropolis as well as the manner Emirati culture has taken to remarkable change, what is next? Who better to guide than Isobel Abulhoul, director of the yearly Emirates Airline Literary Festival, held every March. These’re several of the titles Abulhoul says best evoke the genuine article.

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Arabian Sands, by Wilfred Thesiger
Penguin Classics

An English explorer regarded as among the most brilliant travellers of the twentieth century, Thesiger travelled across the Empty Quarter (covering some 650,000 sq km of the Arabian Peninsula, this’s the largest sand desert on earth). He admired and respected the Bedouin’s sparse also extremely difficult way of living. The account of his of journeying across the wasteland, and the spectacular black and white photography, make this a must read for anybody living or traveling to in the Emirates.

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Mother Without a Mask: A Westerner’s Story of The Arab Family of her, by Patricia Holton
Cathie, Kyle Limited

Holton’s repeated trips to remain with a Sheikha as well as the family of her in Abu Dhabi’s Garden City Al Ain enable the audience an amazing insight into an usually secret aspect of society in the UAE. Hers is an affectionate and warm tale, that had been influenced by 2 small Emirati boys that stayed with her in the UK even though they had been learning English.

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Telling Tales: An Oral History of Dubai, by Julia Wheeler
Explorer Publishing

A BBC Gulf correspondent for a decade, Wheeler concentrates on the folk historical past of the UAE by selecting many nationals, selected by the work roles of theirs, like banker, policeman and also fisherman. It is accompanied by atmospheric portraits by Paul Thuysbaert, along with an individual take on the twenty three interviewees’ lives.

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The Wink and dubai Tales of the Mona Lisa, by Mohammad al Murr
Encourage Publishing

These’re 2 books of stories that are short – charming, reflective and funny, along with Roald Dahl esque in the tales’ surprising twists. Dubai-born al Murr is among the foremost writers from the Emirates. He’s posted greater than a dozen volumes of stories that are short, and these’re 2 collections which have been translated into English.

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The Pearl Diver, by Julia Johnson
Stacey International

Johnson, a popular author and former teacher that has resided in Dubai for over twenty years, has crafted a classic children’s book, with gorgeous watercolour illustrations by artist Patricia Al Fahkri. This captivating, award-winning story was created using interview with an aged pearl diver, and also follows a six-year-old boy’s discovery of the wondrous world below the waves. Others in Johnson’s kid’s portfolio are the Camel Who Got Away and Ubuntu: Summer of the Rhino.

Some more reading…

Uncommon: Dubai edited by Hind Shoufani
Unconventional Guide Books

Forget everything you have learned about Dubai and get prepared to take a look at it through the eyes of the city’s inhabitants. An eclectic bunch of contributors share images as well as words, typically reserved for diaries, to enable you to get around the way of yours around the community.

The Turtle Secret by Julia Johnson
Encourage Publishing

Drift away to the gorgeous golden expanse of the desert with photographer Wouter Kingma, as he takes you on a trip across the emirate. The awe inspiring images of his reflect the secret of the city – apparent in all-natural landscapes almost as in architectural marvels.

Dubai Aerial Tour by Wouter Kingma
Encourage Publishing

Drift away to the gorgeous golden expanse of the desert with photographer Wouter Kingma, as he takes you on a trip across the emirate. The awe inspiring images of his reflect the secret of the city – apparent in all-natural landscapes almost as in architectural marvels.

The Gulf Wife by Jocelyn Henderson
Encourage Publishing

Could you imagine the metropolis with no paved roads, luxury hotels, and shopping malls? British Diplomat Jocelyn Henderson has lived through everything after 1968. Go down memory lane with her as she discusses the eventful journey of her through the sands of time.

Flashes of thought by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister and vice President of the Ruler and UAE of Dubai
Encourage Publishing

A lasting fixture on the coffee tables in Emirati homes, this particular series of essays by Dubai’s ruler is an insight into from his private inspirations to musings on poetry and football. It is a rare look into the lifetime of the male that has created it all a reality.

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