Dubai: The Vulnerability of Success / Edition 1

Dubai: The Vulnerability of Success / Edition 1

by Christopher Davidson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231700342

ISBN-13: 9780231700344

Pub. Date: 06/23/2008

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Dubai has a remarkable success story. Since its origins as a small fishing and pearling community, the emirate has steadily grown in strength to become the premier trading center of the Persian Gulf. It is also the locus of an exciting and innovative architectural revolution. Despite its lack of democratization and a genuine civil society, Dubai is now a booming

Overview

Dubai has a remarkable success story. Since its origins as a small fishing and pearling community, the emirate has steadily grown in strength to become the premier trading center of the Persian Gulf. It is also the locus of an exciting and innovative architectural revolution. Despite its lack of democratization and a genuine civil society, Dubai is now a booming metropolis of more than two million people, most of whom are expatriates benefiting from the city's increasingly diversified economy.

Following a detailed history, Christopher M. Davidson presents an in-depth study of Dubai's post-oil development strategies and their implementation during a period of near-complete political stability. Davidson addresses the probability of future problems as the need for sustained foreign direct investment encourages far-reaching socioeconomic reforms, many of which may affect the ideological, religious, and cultural legitimacy of the traditional monarchy. He also analyzes Dubai's awkward relationship with its federal partners in the United Arab Emirates and highlights some of the pitfalls of being the region's most successful free port-its attractiveness to international criminal fraternities, the economy of the global black market, and terrorist networks.

About the Author:
Christopher M. Davidson is a fellow of the Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at Durham University. He is a former assistant professor of political science at Sheikh Zayed University in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and the author of The United Arab Emirates: A Study in Survival

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231700344
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
06/23/2008
Series:
Columbia/Hurst Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents


Map     viii
Introduction     1
The Birth of a Sheikhdom     9
The early struggle     9
A breakaway state     12
Safeguarding neutrality     14
Political dependency on Britain     17
Economic dependency on Britain     22
Poverty and resistance     29
The Dubai reform movement     32
From Arab Nationalism to Collective Security     39
Evidence of imported Arab nationalism     39
Indigenous Arab nationalism and the Dubai National Front     43
Short term solutions: the Sudan connection     51
Long term solutions: the road to federation     54
The United Arab Emirates     58
The Foundations of a Free Port     67
Flourishing free trade     67
Textiles, gold, and electronics     69
Persian immigration     71
Abu Dhabi immigration     76
Sharjah immigration     84
Other Arab immigration     87
South Asian immigration     89
Gambling on infrastructure     91
The Diversification of the Economy     99
Oil strategies     100
Oil limitations and the shadowof Abu Dhabi     103
Diversification - more commercial infrastructure     106
Diversification - light manufacturing and agriculture     113
Diversification - free zones     114
Diversification - tourism and leisure     119
Diversification - real estate     128
Superficial success     135
Political Stability and the Ruling Bargain     137
Strengthening a dynasty     138
Sheikh Muhammad's succession     144
Distributed wealth     147
Preserving the rentier elite     151
The patrimonial network     153
A hybrid government     158
Controlled political reform     163
Ideological, cultural, and religious resources     167
The Dubai Paradox     177
Rentier pathologies     178
Diversification pathologies     182
The expanding expatriate population     189
Loss of identity and the erosion of the ruling bargain     193
The labour nationalisation conundrum     206
Civil society and the media     209
The Stability of the Federation     219
Preserving flexibility     220
Federal incoherence      224
Federal integration and disintegration     229
Problems in Abu Dhabi     234
Problems in Sharjah     249
Problems in other emirates     255
Security, Crime, and Terror     263
Military power     264
The Western security umbrella     267
The Iranian threat     271
Other regional threats     275
Smuggling and contraband     277
Gunrunning and the Merchant of Death     279
Slavery and human trafficking     282
Money laundering and terror funding     285
A history of terror     289
The present threat of terror     295
Notes     299
Bibliography     353
Index     365

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