Talking Location With author Leigh Russell – YORK
This is the real Dubai? Delve under the opulent layers of the sparkling city and see what lies beneath.
A true story of sun, sand, sex and secrecy. For a sassy young woman used to blagging, blogging and slogging her way through dreary London, the call of a glamorous, tax-free lifestyle in sunny Dubai just couldn’t go unanswered. Over the course of two years, while an entire city rose from the dust Becky Wicks scaled a good few rungs of the hard-to-climb career ladder. She became a celebrity editor in a land where sex definitely does not sell and spent most nights in a five-star blur of champagne luxury. Dubai offered everything, but things soon got messy – not least because a wealthy Arab man made Becky his mistress. These days, shamed rule-breakers and failed entrepreneurs are a dime a dozen in Dubai, yet the city retains its allure. Becky Wicks lifts the burqa on the razzle-dazzle and reveals some of what goes on in the world’s fastest up-and-coming city and shopping Mecca.
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