Top critical review
insightful, but not balanced or objective.
on 6 November 2014
I was hoping that this book would take a fair and balanced approach to the examination of Dubai, however I was disappointed by what seemed like in depth look at its successes and whilst the downsides (in the last third of the book) are only briefly touched upon, such as the very serious matter of sex trafficking and the rights of worker's, not to mention the rampant racism.
To compare Dubai with Cordoba is laughable, but to compare it to real cities like London or Paris or even New York is dillusional. Even Singapore is ahead by leagues. Dubai may seem like a modern city on the surface, but look beyond the facade and its anything but modern. The dubai model is running on borrowed time, and it won't be long before the place is exposed for what it really is. A fake.
Pros: well laid out in easy to understand chunks.
Interesting and informative history of Dubai's origins
Clear, concise and engaging to read.
Very personable writing style and funny in places
Cons: imbalanced and a little bit to generous to Dubai and its rulers