Emirates Diaries: Culture, Peace And War In The Gulf by Peter ClarkEmirates Diaries: Culture, Peace And War In The Gulf by Peter Clark

Emirates Diaries: Culture, Peace And War In The Gulf

byPeter Clark

Paperback | December 19, 2017

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Emirates Diaries tells the story of how Peter came to love the Emirates and its people. He got to know Abu Dhabi sheikhs and Dubai merchants and people at every level of society. The country was on the cusp of enormous economic expansion and this book is an affectionate picture of the Emirates when it was still like a chain of large informal villages. The people of the UAE were aware of their good fortune and were, he found, open, generous and innovative. Clark arranged for the explorer Wilfred Thesiger to return to the country he had celebrated before it became oil-rich. Thanks to Peter, Thesiger met up with his old companions who had accompanied him in crossing the Empty Quarter 40 years earlier. Peter embedded himself in the local cultural scene and translated stories by Dubai's best known writer, Muhammad al-Murr. Emirates Diaries tells of opera in Ras Al Khaimah, how Shakespeare was brought to large audiences of young people, how to organize a royal visit, an outbreak of foot and mouth disease among the oryx in the Al Ain zoo, the culture of camel racing and an unpaid bill left by Margaret Thatcher. The diaries sparkle with mischievous humor and acute observation. This book is a prequel to Peter Clark's Damascus Diaries: Life under the Assads, described by The Economist as 'quirky, digressive and indiscreet'.
Dr Peter Clark obe is a writer, translator and a travel and cultural consultant. He has known, travelled, worked and lived in the Middle East for over 50 years, has translated eight books from the Arabic, and written and edited more than a dozen other books. An authority of the culture of all countries of the region, he has led cultura...
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Title:Emirates Diaries: Culture, Peace And War In The GulfFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:December 19, 2017Publisher:Casemate IpmLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1911487094

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