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From Rags to Riches

From Rags to Riches

Author(s): Mohammed Al Fahim

Location(s): Abu Dhabi

Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs, Nonfiction

Era(s): 1948 onwards

Born in 1948 in Abu Dhabi, the author knew dreadful poverty in the years before fabulous oil wealth transformed his country forever. He grew up in the ruler’s palace, barefoot like his friends, who are all now senior figures in the United Arab Emirates. This is a vivid eye-witness account of the total transformation (within only 30 years) of a Bedouin society into a country with the world’s highest per capita income. Al-Fahim speaks with great frankness about his own life and provides remarkable insights into the workings of the business community and the ruling elite with the UAE.

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