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Los Angeles TimesDavidson traces Dubai's rise from sleepy Gulf port to player on the world scene.
— Christopher Hawthorne
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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
— Christopher Hawthorne
— Stephen Kotkin
Davidson offers a detailed historical and topical study of the Dubai phenomenon.
Davidson gives an excellent overview of Dubai, the UAE in general, and its path to economic development... Recommended.
Perhaps the best look at this desert mirage is this prescient book published in 2008. Well before the real estate debacle, Davidson raised questions about how long Dubai could remain immune from regional conflict, organized crime, and terrorism, all of which would swiftly affect its allure as a haven for investment and luxury travel.
It is no surprise a book that analyses Dubai's weaknesses, as well as its virtues, provoked nervousness in the emirate and was under threat of being banned.... Davidson's book should be seen in Dubai as an important contribution. The city-state has been running fast and wild for years. Taking a pause to consider the impact of its rapid growth is a healthy exercise.
— Mei Zhang
— Arang Keshavarzian
— Erik Eliav Freas
"Traces Dubai's rise from sleepy Gulf port to player on the world scene."—Los Angeles Times
"The definitive book on Dubai and is likely to become a classic in Gulf studies."—Ray Hinnebush, St Andrews University
This is the best study of Dubai that I have read and an important contribution to the still meager literature on the extraordinary formation that is the United Arab Emirates. Especially interesting is the book's discussion of the emirates' founding under British rule and the continuing influence of this imperial history on its politics and society; the imported character of its 'Arab' identity; and the regional context that informs everything from security concerns to demography.
Davidson traces Dubai's rise from sleepy Gulf port to player on the world scene.
Mr. Davidson nicely lays out this flashy emirate's astonishing ascent from tiny fishing and pearling village to global hub.
A noteworthy reference for future studies on the country and related topics.
Comprehensive and detailed.
This monograph is a first-rate piece of scholarship, and provides a wealth of information and analysis about Dubai.
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