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By Jo Tatchell

ISBN-10: 080217079X

ISBN-13: 9780802170798

Tatchell takes us on a journey of the town with an outlook that’s half local, half critic, half wide-eyed visitor. the result's a really unique college of views and pictures, from a regal expatriate whose husband was once one of many first Brits to settle in Abu Dhabi to younger Emirati artists celebrating their newfound freedom of expression. A compelling piece of heritage instructed with an intimate narrative voice, A Diamond within the wilderness is an eye-opening and infrequently haunting viewpoint on simply how a lot this interesting urban has changed—and, for greater or for worse, how a lot it has stayed the same.

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Momentarily overwhelmed with terror and exhilaration, I feel an unexpected wave of affection for the place. 2 Write the Bad News in Sand Before dawn the muezzin begins calling the faithful to prayer. Drifting into my dreams, connecting and disconnecting, the call from the minaret next to my apartment block is joined by another, further away, then another and another. Within a minute, the air is alive with prayer calls from mosques across the city. Tannoys mounted at the top of the minarets throw their cries over the rooftops.

The explorer spent years protecting and serving his companions in the harsh conditions of the Arabian peninsula during the 1940s and early 1950s, writing Arabian Sands as a homage to the nobility of those people who guided him across the desert. But when he returned to the Gulf in 1977 he almost died of fright at the pace of the modernisation that had consumed the place and its people. His shock soon turned to angry reproach. Thesiger was the last of the adventurers in the old British tradition.

Whether these dynastic guardians of the nation are setting themselves up as twenty-first-century benefactors or simply attempting to preserve their own position, they lead a complicated arrangement of bodies and councils that balances the administration of a modern state with service to tribal groups. In Abu Dhabi the Executive Council, a local cabinet led by the crown prince, controls the ministries and departments, from transport and finance to culture and heritage. Khalifa has a diwan, or court, of his own and this, holding the highest office in the Emirates, is counterbalanced by various ancillary assemblies.

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