The 'Bling City': an investigation into Dubai and the Middle East

Job, Rachael (2013) The 'Bling City': an investigation into Dubai and the Middle East. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    By the 1930s Dubai’s population was reaching 20,000, a quarter of whom were expatriates. The discovery of oil in Dubai (1966) improved the Emirate’s fortune but the rulers, the Maktoum family, wanted Dubai to be an economic hub so in the 1980s they took a strategic plan to emerge as a major international quality tourism destination.
    By 2000, expatriates came in very large numbers to Dubai with the prospect of lucrative jobs and a luxurious lifestyle. The influx of these foreigners has resulted in a tabloid frenzy publishing stories about everything and anything that they get up to. This has led to a misinformed view of Dubai amongst British readers and uncertainty about whether you face arrest for holding your partner’s hand in public or failing to wear Arabic traditional dress.
    This special exercise explores some of the areas of Dubai that are not discussed in the British Press such as the Muslim women who are not oppressed but are liberated to work and conversely the poor conditions and brutality of its prison system. Additionally, stories from the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Fujairah (UAE) are featured in this special exercise. It further includes an interview with a mother who survived domestic abuse and imprisonment at the hands of her husband and with the woman who saved her life, shelter owner Sharla Musabih.
    Additionally, this project looks at the greater context of the articles written, critically examining how the British media today represents the Middle East. It considers how much space foreign news is allocated and how this affects British people’s understandings of certain countries in the Middle East. It ultimately argues that the British Press apportions a small amount of space for foreign news because of the public interest, the decline in the number of foreign correspondents and the practical difficulties which such correspondents face when reporting on the Middle East. As a result easily sourced and entertaining ―Sexpat‖ articles about the Middle East are pushed forward as a substitute for foreign news.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2013 16:36
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:31

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