Fiction Map of the World – Dubai

by Travelbag on 24 November 2014, 10:11AM

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Dubai is the most populous city within the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and is located on the Persian Gulf coastline within the northern regions of the UAE. Once considered a mere port for foreign tradesman, Dubai is now flourishing both as a holiday and business destination. 

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Essential Holiday Reading
Ideal reading would be novels such as the Two Tigers by Emilio Salgari which is set during the Indian rebellion and features a man whose life is getting back to normal but encounters a cult (later inspiration for the Indian Jones: The Temple of Doom movie) who kidnap his daughter. The fourth in a series known as the Sandokan series, the novel is an exhilarating action novel. 

Notable Books
Dubai literature tends to be grouped in with broader Middle Eastern fiction. Notable successes include the Kite Runner written by former medical worker, Khaled Hosseini, who now lives in the USA. He based his novel upon his native country of Afghanistan banning the sport of kite flying. Set within three different periods and during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the novel tells the story of friendship, betrayal redemption. Another noteworthy option is the The Girls of Riyadh, which tells the story from the viewpoint of four young Saudi girls who embark on the search for discovery in the wake of new technology i.e. the Internet and mobile phones in the name of looking for love. The book is unusually narrated through emails sent between characters, which provide the reader a personal point of view throughout the book.

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Notable Authors
Dubai is home to numerous authors who have moved to the UAE or who have been based there for a number of years. A prominent author is Adel Khozam, who has published numerous works as a poet, writer, journalist and broadcaster and is currently working in Dubai. His work includes histories of Emirati visual art, as well as written music and cinema. Khalid Albudoor, educated in the USA, is a well-renowned poet within Emirati literature and is one of the most important names in the modern poetry movement within the country. Nasser al-Dhaheri is also a well-renowned writer from the Emirates. Educated in the Emirates and France, his work includes a two-volume anthology of short stories from all Arab cultures within the Gulf region. Sara al-Jarwan became the first Emirati woman to publish a novel when her work Shajan Bint Al-Qadar Al-Hazeen was published in 1992. An ex-soldier in the UAE armed forces during the 1991 Gulf War, she has used her experiences of this time as the basis of numerous works.

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Notable Dubai Films
Dubai is home to the Dubai International Film Festival that celebrates works from the Arab world including the UAE and features categories such as the best short Arab feature. As for films that have been set within Dubai, there are a number of Bollywood films such as 2003 release Boom and 2007 release Naqaab. However, Hollywood blockbuster Body of Lies starring Russell Crowe and Leonardo di Caprio also featured Dubai, as a large part of the plot was set within the Emirate.

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Essential Holiday Listening
The city of Dubai has a reputation for its liveliness and as such, the musical styles you listen to while on a break there should reflect that. If you wish to get in the mood, why not try out some of the traditional music of the United Arab Emirates? Incorporating a lively underground music scene, the UAE and its musical style is heavily influenced by expatriates and due to this; you can expect a mixture of styles such as ska, punk, house and experimental sounds.

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Notable Dubai Musicians
There are a number of musicians who have based themselves within the UAE and in particular Dubai. One of the most successful acts, Dahab, released albums in 2009 and 2011. Also Desert Heat is a hip-hop group from the Emirates who have released material featuring Dubai on many occassions.

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