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Half-way to telling this story!,
This review is from: Dubai: The Vulnerability of Success (Hardcover)
There is a great deal to admire in this scholarly approach to Dubai. However, perhaps too much attention is paid to local politics and preservation of a culture now alien to many residents, and not enough to business which is the life-blood of Dubai and the reason for the population growth from 30,000 to 2 million over the past 50 years.
I think the threat of terrorism to this success is also overdone. The IRA tried hard in London for 25 years and did not prevent the city's success. Similarly the concentration on side-issues to modern Dubai like money laundering and prostitution are over-stated - again you would not see such things mentioned in a study of London, although the prevalence of both is obvious enough. But this book does take knowledge about modern Dubai an important step forward and perhaps it is too much to expect a fully comprehensive study.