Dubai: The Making of a Megapolis Hardcover – 1 Dec 2010
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The books make an interesting comparison of style and content. The Gupte book is, naturally, written from and Indian viewpoint. People from the Indian subcontinent, together with Filipinos, provide the manpower engine room of Dubai, so it is enlightening to see the story of Dubai, its history and its varied population from that angle. For a European, I found it a little fawning and Indo-centric, but still very readable. I felt, having read the Krane book first, that the Krane book presented a more satisfactory structured and detailed view of the history of the area, and in particular the shortsightedness of the British governments over time to understand the leaders' vision. I felt the essence of Dubai more in that book, and I'm there at least three times a year on average on vacation.
Both books leave one with a massive respect for HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and his family. At a time when there is little respect for Western leaders of any hue, Sheikh Mohammed stands out as a man of vision, family, religion and sturdy belief. Both books refer to his book "My Vision", and, to go back to the source text, I have downloaded the Kindle version B00CTA3RTU
Dubai is a place people either love or loathe, so reading a number of books from different angles to gain a balanced view, is sensible. "Dubai: the making of a megapolis" is good, but not the best book on the subject.