Recommended Reading

Read the following non-fiction books if you have an interest in the UAE in particular, or the Middle East and Islam in general:

  • From Rags to Riches – A story of Abu Dhabi by Mohammed Al-Fahim  (ISBN 1900404001)
  • Arabian Heritage Series: A Portrait of Ras Al Khaimah by Shirley Kay  (ISBN 1860631371)
  • A Diamond in the Desert by Jo Tatchell  (ISBN 9780340953396)
  • Arabian Destiny – The Complete Autobiography by Edward Henderson  (ISBN 9781860630293)
  • City of Gold – Dubai and the Dream of Capitalism by Jim Krane  (ISBN 9780312655433)
  • Abu Dhabi: Oil and Beyond by Christopher M Davidson (Kindle Edition)
  • Mother Without A Mask by Patricia Holton  (ISBN 9781860632136)
  • Telling Tales – An Oral History of Dubai by Julia Wheeler & Paul Thuysbaert  (ISBN 9768182644)
  • Those Were the Days – Journals of Dubai by Shahnaz Pakravan  (ISBN 9781860632440)
  • Seafarers of the Emirates by Ronald Codrai  (ISBN 9781860631320)
  • Faces of the Emirates (An Arabian Album – A collection of mid-20th century photographs) by Ronald Codrai (ISBN 9781860631207)
  • Abu Dhabi Life & Times – Through the lens of Noor Ali Rashid  (ISBN 1860630227)
  • Zayed: From Challenges to Union – Jayanti Maitra   (ISBN 9948050665)
  • Ras al-Khaimah: Flame in the Desert – Michael Deakin and Robin Constable  (ISBN 0704321289)
  • Filling in the Blanks: Recent Archaeological Discoveries in Abu Dhabi – Peter Hellyer (Abu Dhabi Islands Archaeological Survey Project)  (ISBN 1860630243)
  • In the Land of the Emirates: The Archaeology and History of the UAE – DT Potts  (ISBN 9781905486571)
  • Qasr Al Hosn: The History of the Rulers of Abu Dhabi – Dr Jayanti Maitra and Afra Al-Hajji  (ISBN 1860631053)
  • Beyond Dubai: Seeking Lost Cities in the Emirates – David Millar  (Kindle Edition)
  • Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger  (ISBN 9781860632839)
  • A History of the Arab Peoples by Albert Hourani  (ISBN 9780571226641)
  • The Adventures of Ibn Battuta: A Muslim Traveler of the Fourteenth Century by Ross E Dunn  (Kindle Edition
  • Memoirs of An Arabian Princess from Zanzibar by Emily Ruete  (Kindle Edition)
  • The Sultan’s Shadow: One Family’s Rule at the Crossroads of East and West by Christiane Bird  (Kindle Edition)
  • Three Thousand Miles for a Wish by Safiya Hussain  (Kindle Edition)
  • Two Old Fools on a Camel by Victoria Twead (Kindle Edition)
  • Legends of the Fire Spirits: Jinn and Genies from Arabia to Zanzibar – Robert Lebling (Kindle Edition)
  • Tales from the Queen of the Desert – Gertrude Bell (Kindle Edition)
  • Married to a Bedouin – Marguerite van Geldermalsen
  • Seven Pillars of Wisdom – TE Lawrence
  • The Southern Gates Of Arabia – Freya Stark
  • Tales from the Queen of the Desert – Gertrude Bell
  • Muhammed: Prophet for Our Time by Karen Armstrong (Kindle Edition)
  • Islam by Karen Armstrong (Kindle Edition)
  • If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran – Carla Power (Kindle Edition)