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…  See more details below

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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

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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

1 The birth of a sheikhdom 9

2 From Arab nationalism to collective security 39

3 The foundations of a free port 67

4 The diversification of the economy 99

5 Political stability and the ruling bargain 137

6 The Dubai paradox 177

7 The stability of the federation 219

8 Security, crime, and terror 263

Notes 299

Bibliography 353

Index 365

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