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A diamond in the desert : behind the scenes in the world's richest city

Author: Jo Tatchell
Publisher: London : Sceptre, 2009.
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"Arabia in the 1960s - still a land of desert, nomadic tribes, falcons and gazelles. And Abu Dhabi, perched on the Gulf Coast, was a poor fishing community. Barely forty years on, it is the riches city on earth, with major stakes in Western economies. And if the extraordinary ambitious plans for the capital of the United Arab Emirates succeed, its future impact will be global." "Jo Tatchell's family arrived in Abu  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jo Tatchell
ISBN: 9780340953389 0340953381 9780802170798 080217079X
OCLC Number: 339595677
Description: 293 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Responsibility: Jo Tatchell.

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The only book on the market about Abu Dhabi -- virtually unheard of a decade ago but now a major world player with a vital future role in relations between Islam and the West  Read more...

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'Unusually engaging...a compelling read' -- Sunday Telegraph 'A welcome addition to the short list of books on Abu Dhabi...Engagingly written and sympathetic' -- Guardian 'This is a place we need Read more...

 
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