Catastrophes, Crashes and Crimes in the UAE: Newspaper Articles from the 1970s

How do you guard against natural disasters, not to mention headless ghosts and UFOs?

Security is an issue for every country; this compilation of articles from the 1970s by Dr Athol Yates explores the UAE’s most testing moments.


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Like any country, the United Arab Emirates has had its share of criminals, accidents, natural disasters and downright weird incidents. Most of these events merit a few pages in the newspapers before disappearing from history. This book brings tragic, strange and illuminating stories from the 1970s back to life in a compilation of 168 of the best, drawn from past UAE newspapers – UAE News, Emirates News, Abu Dhabi News and the Gulf Weekly Mirror.

The common theme of these articles is their impact on the safety, security and stability of the UAE, and they cover a vast range of topics from smuggling deaths to murders, from assassinations to plane hijackings, and from mermaid hoaxes to UFO sightings. Together, they not only provide a fascinating glimpse into the past, but many of them also still resonate today.

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Dimensions 25.8 × 21 cm



December 2016