Dubai: The Story of the World’s Fastest City, Jim Krane, 2009
Written by a veteran reporter in the Persian Gulf, this book chronicles the rise of a modern megalopolis as seen from the top levels of government as well as its seedy underbelly of foreign laborers.
Hello Dubai, Joe Bennett, 2010
An acclaimed New Zealand author travels to Dubai, which he deems the “world’s weirdest city” and explores the idiosyncrasies that draw him to it.
Desperate in Dubai, Ameera al Hakawati, 2011
Think “Sex and the City” in the Middle East with the same fervor for high fashion and rich men, as seen from the prism of four Middle Eastern ladies just looking for love.
Shadow of the Burj, J. Jackson Bentley, 2012
This thriller set in Dubai starts as a relaxing holiday for the unwitting protagonist, who finds himself falling deeper into a complex plot involving Middle Eastern terrorists.
City of Life, Ali F. Mostafa, 2009
A widely acclaimed film written, produced and directed by a British-Emirati filmmaker explores three parallel lives in the cultural melting pot of Dubai.
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Brad Bird, 2011
In the fourth installment of this Tom Cruise action spy film, Dubai has a memorable cameo as the hero scales the Burj Khalifa in a clandestine operation.