Best Books About Dubai
The best way to celebrate the annual carnival of literature is by reading works of fact and fiction on the city that hosts the event. Hence, we’ve complied a list of books for you to devour during the festival. From a stunning photojournal to a powerful memoir, these books take it upon themselves to reveal many hidden charms. Brimming with interesting anecdotes and valuable information, it’s a reflection on every facet of Dubai’s kaleidoscopic identity.
Your literary guide to Dubai
What to read during the Emirates Literature Festival
Ditch one-dimensional city guides for inspiring travelogues and intimate narratives that offer more than just maps and itineraries. These unusual works delve into the depths to invoke a deep sense of wanderlust that only a visit to Dubai can satisfy.
Uncommon: Dubai | Edited by Hind Shoufani ↕
Forget everything you’ve heard about Dubai and get ready to look at it through the eyes of the inhabitants. An eclectic bunch of contributors share words and images, usually reserved for diaries, to help you navigate your way around the city.
Published by Uncommon Guide Books, AED141
The Turtle Secret | Julia Johnson ↕
Learn about the social and cultural nuances of the UAE with 10-year-old Hessa, as she saves turtles. The book is her gripping story against the backdrop of local culture, wildlife, and the role of women in Emirati society. The themes are both remarkable and relevant.
Motivate Publishing, AED49
Dubai Aerial Tour | Wouter Kingma ↕
Drift away to the beautiful golden expanse of the desert with photographer Wouter Kingma, as he takes you on a journey across the emirate. His awe-inspiring images reflect the magic of the city ¬– apparent in natural landscapes as much as in architectural marvels.
Motivate Publishing AED95
The Gulf Wife | Jocelyn Henderson ↕
Can you picture this metropolis without paved roads, luxury hotels, and shopping malls? British Diplomat Jocelyn Henderson has lived through it all since 1968. Walk down memory lane with her as she talks about her eventful journey through the sands of time.
Motivate Publishing, AED120
Flashes of Thought ↕
A permanent fixture on the coffee tables of Emirati patriots, this series of essays by Dubai’s ruler is an insight into everything from his personal inspirations to musings on football and poetry. It’s a rare glimpse into the life of the man who has made it all a reality.
Motivate Publishing, AED65
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Celebrate the written and spoken word at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2016 from 1-12 March 2016. Learn more about the festival here.