Catastrophes, Crashes and Crimes in the UAESowing the seeds of the future

An academic takes a look at the initial years of the UAE through reports from the 1970s, covering a range of topics from larger political issues to the quirky.

The tallest building in the world. Swanky shopping malls and world-class eateries. Twelve-lane expressways, with the latest cars cruising on them. Incredible infrastructure. The city that never sleeps. Top level security — you leave your car in a public parking spot for a month, and no one will touch it until you’re back. Yes, the UAE today is in several ways what an ideal country should be, with its modern infrastructure and world-class facilities …

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