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Dust and Dreams [Paperback]

Robin Trounson
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Book Description

22 Nov 2011
A Window on The United Arab Emirates. In this diary-cum-travelogue we are transported to the oil-rich world of the United Arab Emirates. Within living memory there were few permanent buildings, no schools, hospitals or tarmac roads. Now the UAE boasts the tallest building in the world and dreams of becoming a global hub for knowledge, culture, sport and tourism. But for all their urban sophistication the descendants of the Bedouin still live by a desert creed and cling to customs fashioned by distant ancestors. Citing Arabic proverbs and observations from Arabian travellers, the author shows that while skyscrapers and construction dust may fill the eye, modern life constantly reverberates with echoes of the past.

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  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Bright Pen (22 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755213912
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755213917
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 16 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,030,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars What a cracking read!! 11 Dec 2011
What a cracking read! This is a must for anyone going to the UAE to live, or just on holiday or even anyone just interested in that part of the world. Sensitively written but with gentle humour, it gives an insight into this fascinating country. The reader will start to understand that there is more to the UAE than beaches and big buildings. Its an area steeped in history and the author brings a little piece of that history into this most thoughtfully wirtten book. Well worth the money, a job well done!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully put together 12 Oct 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
In the relatively short time the author spent in the area, he gained a great depth of knowledge and he imparts it with subtle humour.
His understanding of human frailty is very evident.
I shall read it over and over many times !
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4.0 out of 5 stars Spot On 20 Mar 2012
By Hugh
A collection of witty reviews of life in the UAE by an ex-pat policeman working as an adviser to the local constabulary. Thoroughly enjoyable and spot on.
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By Frankie
Dust and Dreams is an funny and often whimsical journey through the present and past of the UAE, a trip that is both entertaining and educational (edutaining?). Part Diary, part travel guide and part history, this book is ideal for those looking to catch a glimpse into the soul of a rapidly developing nation.

Ideal poolside reading for those intending to visit the Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai or Ras Al Khaimah; and an essential handbook for expats coming to work in the UAE. Explore the some of the farthest flung forgotten corners of the country, as well as its best known landmarks, from the comfort of your your own home...and meet some of its most colourful characters along the way.
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