Download e-book for iPad: A Diamond in the Desert: Behind the Scenes in Abu Dhabi, the by Jo Tatchell

By Jo Tatchell

ISBN-10: 080217079X

ISBN-13: 9780802170798

Tatchell takes us on a journey of town with an outlook that’s half local, half critic, half wide-eyed visitor. the result's a very 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 standpoint on simply how a lot this attention-grabbing urban has changed—and, for larger or for worse, how a lot it has stayed the same.

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An apartment, yani. ’ I reach for the seat buckle and he shoots onto the wide, straight highway of neon that runs into the city. He grins at me in the rear-view mirror with huge yellow tombstone teeth. His eyes are wide and shining. Unusually long, his hair has been stained red and curls over his Nehru collar. ‘Yes, yes. We go town now. We go there. Ha-ha. ’ he shouts, over a tape of frenzied devotional music. ’ He looks round at me while I gaze straight ahead. ‘I show you the city. I give you my card.

The intense light bleached the skyline and the sea glinted silver. The fishermen, in wooden dhows, sanbuks and small jalboots, with outboards strapped to the back, would wave as they passed, as if we were friends. We waved back, part of the same salty fraternity. Idyllic. Bill was rattling through the plans. Two giant ten-lane bridges were to link Saadiyat to the mainland, fast-tracking people to and from the airport and the city. There were to be culture domes and arts centres, even a museum created in honour of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan, the founding father of the United Arab Emirates.

When she arrived with Bill and me, he was there to meet her from the small terminal building at Abu Dhabi’s fledgling airport. As we drove down the single-lane road from the airport to the tip of the island, my father had reminded her not to expect too much. He had turned onto the sandy flat that led to the sea, and pulled up in front of a Portakabin on the beach. ‘It’s all there was, darling,’ he explained apologetically. She concluded that it would be best to take life day by day and make the most of whatever kindnesses came her way.

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