Dubai's Political and Economic Development:

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DUBAI'S POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: AN OASIS TN THE DESERT?

by CHRISTOPHER DeNICOLA

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Political Science

WILLIAMS COLLEGE Williamstown, Massachusetts

MAY 10,2005

Table of Contents

I

Persian Gulf Development Literature Oil Curse Literature Arab and Islamic Factors Regional Ovemiew and Historical Background Dubai's Development History

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PI1

Explaining Dubai9sDevelopment Outcome Why Not Other Gulf States? Dubai versus the Development Literature

IV

Dubai in a Cornparatbe Corntext Saudi Arabia Qatar Brunei

Conclusion

Appendix

Bibliography

Introduction
Dubai, a tiny,
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For images of the hotel see the Appendix. Jefkey Sampler and Saeb Eigner , Sand to Silicon (London: Profile Books, Ltd., 2003) 15-17. For an image of one of the Palms, see the Appendix. 9 Sampler and Eigner 20. 10 Jim Krane, "Latest Luxury Trend: Man-Made Persian Gulf Islands," The Associated Press (February 27, 2005). 11 Sampler and Eigner 1; Jim Krane, "Dubai Tower to Bring World's Tallest Structure to Middle East," The Associated Press (March 30,2005). 12 Tarek Atia, "Everybody's a winner," Yale Global Online (February 9,2005). l3 Ibid.
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and sales to attract over two million people per year since 2 ~ 2 . This aggressive ' ~ ~ celebration of international consumerism has come to define Dubai s c u l t ~ r e . 'Indeed, the festival's slogan, "One World, One Family, One Festival" suggests a ruling ethos that is enthusiastically willing to embrace the more materialistic aspects of globalization.'6 Although Dubai's gaudy development projects and commercial spirit may be a curiosity for visitors, this embrace of Western-style entertainment and lifestyles has irritated some citizens.17 VVhile Dubai's rulers have clearly demonstrated a willingness to introduce globalizing forces into

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