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Layover in Dubai

Layover in Dubai

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The newest thriller from the author of The Amateur Spy and The Prisoner of Guantánamo (“Worthy of sharing shelf space with the novels of John le Carré and Ken Follett”—USA Today) i s as dazzling as its setting.

Sam Keller has been enlisted by his V.P. for Corporate Security and Investigation to spy on another employee while they’re traveling for the company. Ordinarily careful to a fault, Sam decides to live it up. What better spot for business-class hedonism than boomtown Dubai, where resort i s lands materialize from open ocean, fortunes are made overnight, and skiers crisscross the snowy slope of a shopping mall.

But when Sam’s charge i s murdered during a night on the town, it i s only the first in a series of bewildering events that plunge him waist-deep into a lethal mix of mobsters, prostitutes, crooked cops, consuls, and corporate players.

Offering a chancy way out i s Anwar Sharaf, the unlikeliest of detectives. A former pearl diver and gold smuggler with an undignified demeanor, Sharaf i s sometimes as baffled as Sam by the changes to his homeland, especially as they are embodied in the behavior of his rebelliously independent—and hauntingly beautiful—daughter. But he knows where the levers of power reside. As the unlikely duo work their way toward the heart of the case, each man must confront the darkest forces threatening Dubai from within.

Here i s Dan Fesperman’s most suspenseful novel yet: a stunning portrait of a city whose mysterious rhythm (“like the precision throb of an artificial heart, clicking and insistent, yet cool to the touch”) i s underscored by the insistent clashing of old and new.

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Top 10: Dubai & Abu Dhabi (Eyewitness Travel Guides)

Top 10: Dubai & Abu Dhabi (Eyewitness Travel Guides)

Drawing on the same standards of accuracy as the acclaimed DK Eyewitness Travel Guides, The DK Top 10 Guides use exciting colorful photography and excellent cartography to provide a reliable and useful pocket-sized travel. Dozens of Top 10 lists provide vital information on each destination, as well as insider tips, from avoiding the crowds to finding out the freebies, The DK Top 10 Guides take the work out of planning any trip.

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Time Out Dubai: Abu Dhabi and the UAE (Time Out Guides)

Time Out Dubai: Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates (Time Out Guides)

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Both famous and infamous, Dubai features burgeoning financial districts, waterfront high-rises, and tax-free shopping malls right alongside the serene Gulf coast. But as the city charges into the future, it keeps a watchful eye on its Arabian legacy. Themed hotels and desert resorts celebrate cherished notions of local hospitality, while new art galleries, theaters, and performance venues tap into a newfound thirst for cultural stimulation. Written by knowledgeable locals, Time Out Dubai profiles a wealth of options for the visitor, from haute hotels and elegant restaurants to modest digs and street food stalls. The book covers every inch of the city and its often extraordinary surroundings, from the iconic The World i s lands to quirkier districts including historical Bastakia, cut-price Karama, and the ever-bustling Sheikh Zayed Road.

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Dubai guide: My Kind of Town – Daily Telegraph

Why Dubai?
Vienna used to be the world’s illicit meeting point, a city full of discreet banks, arms dealers and diplomats. A place where any kind of business could get done. Now it is Dubai.

What do you miss most when you’re away?
The intrigue and all the stories. Dubai is an edgy, tense meeting point; a neutral spot in the world’s most contested region. Chancers, losers, dreamers and schemers flock to the place. How could a thriller writer not get a buzz out of that?

What’s the first thing you do when you return?
Head to Bar 44 at the Grosvenor House Hotel for a glass of champagne. It’s a kitsch, Seventies-themed bar on the 44th floor that has great views.

Where’s the best place to stay?
The Burj Al Arab (www.jumeirah.com/Hotels-and-Resorts; suites from £862 per night), a fabulously over-the-top luxury hotel that encapsulates the madness of Dubai. On an artificial island, it is both symbolically and literally cut off from the rest of the world. A place where anything might happen.

Where would you meet friends for a drink?
The Double Decker Pub (Al Murooj Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road), favoured by expat Britons, or the Belgian Beer Café (Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City, Festival City), a recreation of a Belgian café with a great selection of beers and some delicious snacks.

Where are your favourite place for lunch?
Urban Tadka Restaurant (Trade Centre Road, Karama): Dubai is as much an Indian city as it is anything else: it’s the Indians who get all the work done. So it’s a great place for cheap, authentic Indian food. This vegetarian restaurant does tasty street-food snacks and is always packed with locals. Dubai is hot and it’s unlikely you’ll feel like anything heavy. Sushi is the perfect light snack. Sumo Shushi & Bento (Jumeirah Beach Road) is Tokyo-style Japanese food – fast, inexpensive, no-fuss and delicious.

And for dinner?
Eating grilled meat and cold mezze is one of the city’s pleasures. There is nowhere better to do it than Al Khaima at Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa (04 399 5555), a Lebanese restaurant with a huge garden overlooking the spectacular marina. Or try Armani Ristorante at the Armani Hotel Dubai (800 276264), with a sumptuous interior, the immaculate presentation and beautiful customers. The food isn’t bad either. Wear a decent suit, though. Casual it isn’t.

Where would you send a first-time vistior?
Deira’s Gold Souk, a wonderful maze of dealers and shops.

What would you tell them to avoid?
The Dubai Museum: this city doesn’t have any history to speak of.

Public transport or taxi?
Taxis are reliable and cheap – two or three miles cost about £2.50. Be sure to try an abra, a traditional, open-topped wooden ferry across the Dubai Creek.

Handbag or moneybelt?
On the whole Dubai is safe, but be cautious, particularly in the souk.

What should I take home?
If you don’t mind haggling, the gold souk is one of the cheapest places in the world to buy jewellery. And the perfume souk has a huge selection of traditional Arab scents, quite different from anything you’ll find in Europe.

And if I’ve only time for one shop?
Go to the Karama area, which is fake central. Everyone in Dubai dresses in designer gear because they buy perfect copies here at a tenth of the normal price.

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Biomedical scientists find possible link between cleaning products and cancer

A team of biomedical scientists have revealed that exposure to certain cleaning products could put people at an increased risk of breast cancer.

The report, which was published in the open access BioMed Central’s journal Environmental Health, revealed that solid air fresheners and mould and mildew control products could be among the most likely to elevate the risk.

According to the researchers, some household cleaning and pesticide products could increase the likelihood of developing breast cancer because “many contain endocrine disrupting chemicals or mammary gland carcinogens”.

The study asked more than 1,500 women about their risk factors for breast cancer.

In addition, all the women were asked about their use of pesticides, with just over half also being asked about cleaning product usage.

One of the authors, Dr Julia Brody, explained to the Daily Telegraph that women who had been diagnosed with breast cancer may “more accurately recall their past product use or overestimate it”, which some commentators have claimed could affect the results of the study.

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Abu Dhabi gives Football Fans unique insight into Man City’s Pre-Season Tour

Abu Dhabi, July 22nd, 2010 — Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) is giving football fans a unique insight into Manchester City Football Club’s (MCFC) pre-season US tour, which sees the English Premier League outfit play five matches in four cities, culminating in a final game with reigning European champions, Italy’s Inter Milan.

The �Abu Dhabi Travellers Welcome Manchester City on Tour – Summer 2010′ – runs until 31st July across the USA, and is being hosted by ADTA as part of its recent three-year deal as �Official Tourism Destination Partner’ with the top-flight team.

Through ADTA’s website www.visitabudhabi.ae, fans can log on to read exclusive English ‘&’ Arabic updates from MCFC’s centre-back, Micah Richards, detailing the team’s progress throughout the tour. In addition, the Tour Video Diary is regularly updated on the website, with interviews, footage and training tips from the squad, which includes top international names such as Dutch World Cup finalist Nigel de Jong, English trio, Adam Johnson, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Gareth Barry and Argentina’s Carlos Tevez.

A �Spot-The-Ball’ competition will also run on the official MCFC website (www.mcfc.co.uk) after the MCFC v Sporting Lisbon match in New York on Saturday 24th July (UK time), giving a football enthusiast and friend the chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to Abu Dhabi.

“This is a great opportunity for football fans across the globe to get a different angle on what is happening with the team in the build up to the start of the English Premier League,” said Ahmed Hussein, Deputy Director General, ADTA.

“Via this sponsorship, we also have a strong platform to demonstrate the emirate’s own sporting credentials to the US market which has easy access to the emirate through Etihad Airways’ services from Chicago and New York.” MCFC has already been training in Portland, Oregon, and played its opening warm-up game last weekend against the Portland Timbers, winning 3-0. The team is now heading off to New York, where it squares up against Portuguese Liga Sagres outfit, Sporting Lisbon on 23rd July and the New York Red Bulls on 25th July.

MCFC will then head to Atlanta, Georgia for its 28th July game against Club America before rounding off the tour against Series A champions, Inter Milan, on 31st July in Baltimore, Maryland.

The fan engagement programme is being complimented by a wealth of on-ground activities for stakeholders and future Abu Dhabi visitors across the US, bolstering North American awareness of the emirate.

ADTA is Manchester City’s fifth global partner and joins Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the UAE, Umbro, Etisalat and Ferrostaal.

Under the deal, which runs until the end of the 2013 Premier League season, Abu Dhabi’s brand will appear on perimeter boards around the City of Manchester Stadium at every home league and domestic cup game, ADTA has exclusive naming rights to the club’s Carrington training ground and is the sole title sponsor of all pre-season tours.

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Dubai Travel Guide

Dubai Travel Guide

Understanding Dubai
A relatively new tourist destination, Dubai has gained in popularity in the recent years. It i s essentially a desert city with superb infrastructure, liberal policies and excellent tourist amenities. Just 5 hrs from Europe and 3 hrs from most parts of Asia, Dubai makes a great short break for shopping, partying, sunbathing, fine dining, sporting events, and even a few sinful pleasures. It i s a city of superlatives: for the fastest, biggest, tallest, largest and highest, Dubai i s the destination.

The weekly day off i s on Friday. Government departments are off on Friday and Saturday while a lot of multi-nationals are off on Friday and Saturday. Most local companies work a half day on Thursday. Note that, Since September 2006, a harmonised weekend of Friday and Saturday adopted for the public sector and schools.

Dubai Climate

The city of Dubai i s situated on a coastal strip bordered by desert and gets very hot and humid in the summer. Cooler, more pleasant weather lasts from the end of September to begining of May. In May, June, July, August and September the sun i s intense and temperatures can touch 50 degree Celsius in the city and even higher in the desert! The heat coupled with humidity of 80-90% near the coast effectively precludes most activity outdoors for the daylight hours during summer.

January and February generally produce the highest precipitation.

Get in Dubai

By plane

Dubai International Airport (DXB) i s the largest hub in the Middle East and the home base of the Dubai’s flag carrier Emirates. The airport i s famous for its duty-free shopping Alcohol i s also available at an inbound duty free store situated in the baggage reclaim area. The allowance i s 4 bottles (or four 6 packs) per person.

Sharjah International Airport (SHJ) i s located in the emirate of Sharjah. It i s only half an hour by road from Dubai and i s taking an increasing number of international flights as Dubai airport struggles to keep up with demand. A taxi ride to Dubai will typically cost Dhs 50. The airport i s fairly basic but i s being expanded.
Dubai World City (JXB) recently announced to be ready for 2010.
Frequent visitors from countries granted automatic visa on entry may wish to purchase an e-gate card to speed up immigration formalities and save passport pages. The e-gate card office i s situated in the upstairs foodcourt area of the departures concourse. The card will cost AED 150. Note: If you intend to buy an e-gate card in Dubai, you must have entered United Arab Emirates via Dubai airport and not Sharjah.

By Car

Dubai’s only international road border i s with Oman at Al Wajajah. Expatriate residents of Oman will require an official permit to exit Oman by road. Visitors do not require the permit. There i s an OMR 3.000 charge per vehicle to exit Oman and, if returning, retain the charge receipt as it will be required to reenter. Ensure that insurance i s valid for the United Arab Emirates (preferably before commencing the journey). Temporary United Arab Emirates insurance can be purchased at the border for a premium price. Exiting Oman i s fairly orderly but several kilometres down the road, entry into the United Arab Emirates i s totally disorganised; so, be prepared for a wait.
There are also road borders between the neighboring Emirate of Abu Dhabi and Oman at the Al Burami Oasis which divides the sister cites of Al Ain, United Arab Emirates and Al Burami, Oman. Some people have experienced problems entering Oman at the Al Wajajah post and reentering the United Arab Emirates at Al Burami Oasis.

By boat

Dubai i s a trading hub for dhows from around the Indian Ocean. Travellers wanting to arrive in the city this way will probably need to make their own arrangements with the captain of the vessel.

Get around Dubai

By bus

Dubai has a good bus service with buses at intervals of about 20 min in general. However the bus service i s not recommended for tourists as it i s not as comprehensive as in other major global cities. The main bus stations are Gold Souq Market (in Deira) and Al Ghubaiba bus station (in Bur Dubai). Bus services are also available to other emirates (Al Ghubaiba). Ramadan timings differ.

Use the Dubai Public transport as a cheaper means of traveling within the several districts in Dubai. The fare comes up to an easy 1.50 AED, affordable for those who prefer a cheaper mode of transport. There’s a bus stand on almost every road in Dubai and with all the friendly people in Dubai, you won’t find it difficult to get help at any point of time. Self-explanatory maps and route marks and their bus numbers are placed inside every bus stand. At any time, if in doubt, simply ask the bus driver for help!

By taxi

Taxis are reasonably priced and easily found on all main roads in built-up areas, 24 hours. The official taxis (cream color) are a lot cheaper than people approaching you at the airport saying “you want taxi?”. They are metered thus saving a haggle over prices. From the airport, there i s a standing charge of AED 20; all other pick ups attract a standing charge of AED 3.00. You can waive for a taxi at any place. When driving the rate i s AED 1.60 per km There i s nothing to choose in rates between the 5 players: Dubai Transport, National, Cars, Metro, and Arabian; so, take the first one that comes along. Driving standard in Dubai ranges from poor to wild – taxis are some of the worst on the roads.

By car

There are a countless number of Rent-A-Cars that will provide a mode of transportation for very cheap rates and very little paperwork. An International Driving Permit i s not necessarily required, but hire companies may not rent a car without one. Depending on which country you are from (UK, USA & Australian licenses are acceptable), your driving license could be used to obtain a temporary driving permit at the licensing office in the City Centre shopping mall.
Some agencies will hire out cars complete with drivers. Visitors taking advantage of this option will need to make certain that their driver knows his way around, as many do not.
When driving on the main roads, such as Sheikh Zayed road, the junction numbers are not in logical order! Junction 13 i s just after 18 and are rarely as shown on the maps. Road names can also be very confusing with slight differences in spelling (due to transliteration from Arabic) being very important. The construction work that i s taking place throughout and around Dubai can make finding your destination a challenge. Temporary road layouts change with alarming regularity and temporary signs can be misleading or non existent.
Driving during morning and afternoon peak hours i s not recommended, as traffic slows to a standstill and even a simple trip across a bridge can take up to 45 minutes. There i s also a scarcity of parking spaces in many parts of the city.
With such a mixture of nationalities residing in the city, driving styles are mixed to say the least. Dangerous driving will be witnessed, or experienced, on a frequent basis; and, bear in mind that Dubai has one of the highest per capita road death rates in the world. There i s zero tolerance for alcohol and driving with stiff penalties meted out, including jail and deportation.
See Salik for information about toll to pay on certain routes in Dubai.

By boat

An easier way of crossing the Dubai Creek i s by abra, essentially a small ferry. Abra stations are located along the Creek on both the Bur Dubai and Deira sides, and the system of filling the boats i s remarkably efficient. The cross-river trip costs 1 Dirham (AED 1) per passenger, payable to the driver after the boat has left the station, and affords a very picturesque view of the city (not to be missed). Abras set off very regularly, and the service i s available round-the-clock.

Abras can also be hired for a private tour (for a price negotiable with the driver but usually very cheap). This i s quite a popular activity at sunset on a clear day, particularly if the driver i s able to enliven the tour with stories about the structures on either side of the Creek. Just make sure that the purpose of one’s abra hire i s made clear at the outset – otherwise you’ll be in for a very expensive cross-river trip or a crowded private tour.

The Creek i s also the home of many boats offering more comfortable (and correspondingly more expensive) tours, often in boats designed to resemble dhows. Prices tend to the higher end of the scale, particularly for dinner cruises with on-board entertainment.

 

Dubai i s a great city of United Arab Emirates, Dubai i s business hub of middle east.

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Dubai Encounter (Best Of)

Dubai Encounter (Best Of)

What Will Your Dubai Encounter Be?

Skiing on the world’s first indoor black run
Commissioning a special gold ring at a market price,BR>Spending hours doing nothing at a Jumeirah beach resort
Kicking back with a beer, a sea breeze and a view of the Gulf at sunset
Reclining on cushions and smoking sheesha
Clearing your head in the Arabian desert

Discover Twice the City in Half the Time

Navigate easily with a fully indexed street map plus detailed neighborhood maps
Our discerning author recommends the very best in shopping, dining, clubbing and relaxing
Take the hassle out of daily planning with unique thematic itineraries
Go straight to the source: cultural highlights from the founder of the Al Bastakiya Art Fair, shopping hints from an antique gallery owner

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1 Hour Guide Dubai

1 Hour Guide Dubai
Visiting Dubai or thinking to Relocating in the City of Gold? Before you make a move, get the best inside information available with the… 1 Hour Guide Dubai, The Best Way to Read and Learn in Only One Hour!
1 Hour Guide Dubai

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Islam and the Army in Colonial India: Sepoy Religion in the Service of Empire

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A ground-breaking study of the cultural world of the Muslim soldiers of colonial India. Set in Hyderabad in the mid-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the book focuses on the soldiers’ relationships with the faqir holy men who protected them and the British officers they served. Drawing on Urdu as well as European sources, the book uses the biographies of Muslim holy men and their military followers to recreate the extraordinary encounter between a barracks culture of miracle stories, carnivals, drug-use and madness with a colonial culture of mutiny memoirs, Evangelicalism, magistrates and the asylum. It explores the ways in which the colonial army helped promote this sepoy religion while at the same time attempting to control and suppress certain aspects of it. The book brings to light the existence of a distinct ‘barracks Islam’ and shows its importance to the cultural no less than the military history of colonial India.

Islam and the Army in Colonial India: Sepoy Religion in the Service of Empire

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Islam, Judaism, and the Political Role of Religions in the Middle East

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From the foreword:

“The ‘clash of civilizations’ thesis is a gimmick, like ‘The War of the Worlds,’ better for reinforcing defensive self-pride than for critical understanding of the bewildering interdependence of our time. This book, in focusing on the ‘self’ and the ‘other’ in Jewish and Muslim thought, is an attempt in this direction.”

Although the “politicization” of religion or “sacrilization” of politics is not restricted to the Middle East, this phenomenon found its most spectacular expressions in the region. These essays examine, in an original and innovative manner, the complex relation between political and national identity and the three major religions of the contemporary Middle East–Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. Although the focus is on Palestinian-Israeli relations, the study is relevant to the entire history of the modern Middle East. Discussions of the Palestinian-Israeli arena include the conflictive relations between the two national communities and the political role played by religion in shaping the conflict, the escalation of the conflict, and possible avenues for reaching a peace agreement.

The contributors, an international group of scholars from Israel, Palestine, Europe, and the United States, explore common theological and political ground shared by Jews and Muslims, a novel comparative approach that could lead to future dialogue along theological as well as political lines.

Islam, Judaism, and the Political Role of Religions in the Middle East

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The Saint and the Sultan: The Crusades, Islam, and Francis of Assisi’s Mission of Peace

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An intriguing examination of the extraordinary–and little known meeting between St. Francis of Assisi and Islamic leader Sultan Malik Al-Kamil that has strong resonance in today’s divided world.

For many of us, St. Francis of Assisi is known as a poor monk and a lover of animals. However, these images are sadly incomplete, because they ignore an equally important and more challenging aspect of his life — his unwavering commitment to seeking peace. In The Saint and the Sultan, Paul Moses recovers Francis’ s message of peace through the largely forgotten story of his daring mission to end the crusades.

In 1219, as the Fifth Crusade was being fought, Francis crossed enemy lines to gain an audience with Malik al-Kamil, the Sultan of Egypt. The two talked of war and peace and faith and when Francis returned home, he proposed that his Order of the Friars Minor live peaceably among the followers of Islam–a revolutionary call at a moment when Christendom pinned its hopes for converting Muslims on the battlefield.

The Saint and the Sultan captures the lives of St. Francis and Sultan al-Kamil and illuminates the political intrigue and religious fervor of their time. In the process, it reveals a startlingly timely story of interfaith conflict, war, and the search for peace. More than simply a dramatic adventure, though it does not lack for colorful saints and sinners, loyalty and betrayal, and thrilling Crusade narrative, The Saint and the Sultan brings to life an episode of deep relevance for all who seek to find peace between the West and the Islamic world.

The Saint and the Sultan: The Crusades, Islam, and Francis of Assisi’s Mission of Peace

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Recognizing Islam: Religion and Society in the Modern Middle East

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Recent crises in the Middle East have flooded the media with sensationalist and inaccurate portraits of Islam. This revised edition of Gilsenan’s classic work shows that Islam covers a multitude of forms and practices which are woven into daily existence in complex and sometimes almost invisible ways. Gilsenan explores a variety of social worlds all claiming Islamic affiliation: the feudal aristocracy of northern Lebanon, the working class Sufi brotherhoods of Egypt, and the new bourgeoisies of Algeria and Morocco. In each he shows how Islam evolves in relation to shifting social, political, economic and class structures.

Recognizing Islam: Religion and Society in the Modern Middle East

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The Iranians: Persia, Islam and the Soul of a Nation

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The Iranians explores Iran in the context of its old and complex culture, for throughout its history Iran has struggled with two warring identities-one evolving from the values, social organization, and arts of ancient Persia, the other from Islam. By examining the relationship between these two identities, The Iranians explains how the revolution of 1979 came about, why the Islamic Republic has failed, and how Iran today is on the brink of chaos.

In this defining portrait of a troubled nation and the forces that shape it, Iranian history and religion become accessible to the nonspecialist. Combining impeccable scholarship with the human insight of firsthand observations, The Iranians provides vital understanding of this unique and pivotal nation.

• Plume edition will contain a new epilogue by Sandra Mackey, reflecting on the results of the spring 1997 Iranian elections.

• Hardcover edition received enormous press coverage and increased Mackey’s already prominent visibility.
• Highly readable and aimed at the nonspecialist. Amazon.com Review

The Iranians chronicles the history of the Iranian people, from the “glory days” of Persia to the overthrow of Mohammed Riza Shah and the rise of the Ayatollah Khomeini. Through many centuries, Islamic Iran fell repeatedly to invaders–Turks, Mongols, Afghans, Russians, and the British–only to spring back and reassert its cultural and spiritual autonomy while absorbing elements of other civilizations. But after the 1950s, rapid modernization disturbed every facet of Iranian life. Mackey shows how Iran’s pendulum swung from nationalism to monarchism to rigid Shia fundamentalism, while also offering harsh judgment of Western attitudes and policies toward Iran.

The Iranians: Persia, Islam and the Soul of a Nation

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Rapid Transit in the United Arab Emirates: Dubai Metro, Al Sufouh Tramway, Red Line, Green Line, Purple Line, Blue Line

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Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publisher’s book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: The Dubai Metro (in Arabic: ) is a driverless, fully automated metro network in the United Arab Emirates city of Dubai. The Red Line is partly operational, the Green Line is still under construction, and further lines are planned. These first two lines run underground in the city centre and on elevated viaducts elsewhere. All trains and stations are air conditioned with platform edge doors to make this possible. The first section of the Red Line, covering 10 stations, was ceremonially inaugurated at 9:09:09 PM on September 9, 2009, by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, with the line opening to the public at 6 AM on September 10. The Dubai Metro is the first urban train network in the Arabian Peninsula. More than 110,000 people, which is nearly 10 per cent of Dubais population, used the Metro in its first two days of operation. The Dubai Metro carried 10 million passengers from launch on 9 September 2009 to 9 February 2010 with 11 stations operational on the Red Line. Once the 20 km Green line opens, the Dubai Metro will overtake the title of longest automated metro network from the Vancouver Skytrain, surpassing it by 3 km. Jebel Ali Free Zone station under construction in May 2008 A station on the Dubai MetroPlanning of the Dubai Metro began under the directive of Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum who expected other projects to attract 15 million visitors to Dubai by 2010. The combination of a rapidly-growing population (expected to reach 3 million by 2017) and severe traffic congestion necessitated the building of an urban rail system to provide additional public transportation capacity, relieve motor traffic, and provide infrastructure for additional development. In May 2005 a AED 12.45 billion/US$ 3.4 billi… More: http://booksllc.net/?id=2061417

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