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Dubai: The Story of the World's Fastest City
Dubai: The Story of the World's Fastest City
by Jim Krane
Edition: Hardcover

15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best written book on Dubai yet, 14 Oct. 2009
We've seen several books on Dubai in recent years and this is, by some way, the best. It wins on two fronts: first, its an interesting and accurate history of the emirate and second, its beautifully written.

Previous books, such as Chris Davidson's Dubai: The Vulnerability of Success, have certainly added to the reader's undestanding of Khaleeji culture and the development of the emirate of Dubai. However, many lack the pace of Crane's book which rattles along at a fine pace, yet still covering what is known of Dubai with depth and breadth.

Davidson's book also has annoying mistakes which to readers who really know Dubai are at best annoying and, at worst, make one doubt other details in the book.

As a long term resident of Dubai, I particularly enjoyed the early chapters which, for me, put the modern Dubai into perspective. My reading of it is that the last few years of stellar growth are entirely consistent with the plans of its earliest rulers and that the current economic woes are just one more challenge for the brave and hardy people of Dubai to overcome.

Dubai is a fascinating city of contrasts. It makes up one small part of an amazing, young, growing country. This book comes as close as possible to explaining the feeling, the facts and the sheer wonder of the place.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money and no protection, 4 Aug. 2009
This is a very poorly put together product. Sony Walkman's are now amongst the best MP3 players on the market, and the X series the best yet. They are also expensive and, naturally enough, owners will want to protect their players - however the Tuff-Luv case is not the way to do it. It is flimsy, does not fit round the player properly and is made of the cheapest feeling plactic imaginable. Its annoying that Sony has not yet released any covers for the X series, but until they are launched, you are better off with a generic case available for next to nothing at a £1 shop.


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