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Diving for Pearls

Diving for Pearls
  • Author(s): Jamie O’Connell
  • Location(s): Dubai
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Thriller
  • Era(s): Contemporary

A young woman’s body floats in the Dubai marina. Her death alters the fates of six people, each one striving for a better life in an unforgiving city. A young Irish man comes to stay with his sister, keen...

Final Innings

Final Innings
  • Author(s): Sunil Gupta
  • Location(s): India, Australia, England, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): contemporary

Final Innings is the story of five tumultuous years in the life of a successful and internationally admired Indian cricketer, Ramdas Upreti. It explores the depths of human desire and disillusionment, hope and regret, love and longing, and deep...

Temporary People

Temporary People
  • Author(s): Deepak Unnikrishnan
  • Location(s): Abu Dhabi, Dubai
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

In the United Arab Emirates, foreign nationals constitute over 80 percent of the population. Brought in to construct the towering monuments to wealth that punctuate the skylines of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, this labor force works without the rights...

Keepers of the Golden Shore

Keepers of the Golden Shore
  • Author(s): Michael Quentin Morton
  • Location(s): United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  • Genre(s): Historical, Nonfiction
  • Era(s): over many eras

For those who visit the UAE today, staying in air-conditioned hotels and shopping in ultra-modern malls, the country itself remains an enigma – a glass and concrete creation that seems to have sprung from the desert overnight. Keepers of...

In a Fertile Desert

In a Fertile Desert
  • Author(s): Denys Johnson-Davies (editor)
  • Location(s): Dubai
  • Genre(s): Short Stories
  • Era(s): early 21st century

This is a new collection of short fiction from the Arabian Gulf. Here, for the first time, is a volume of short stories from this commercially and culturally vital and vibrant center of the Arab world. Life before oil...

That Other Me

That Other Me
  • Author(s): Maha Gargash
  • Location(s): Dubai
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): early 21st century

From the #1 internationally bestselling author of The Sand Fish,Maha Gargash’s second novel is set in mid-1990s Dubai and Cairo and tells the story of how secrets and betrayals consume three members—an authoritarian father, a rebellious abandoned daughter, and...

Lost Riders

Lost Riders
  • Author(s): Elizabeth Laird
  • Location(s): Dubai
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): early 21st century

Taken to work in a strange country, Rashid and his little brother Shari cling to each other. Then they are separated and forced to become jockeys in the lucrative camel-racing business. Rashid is starved and worked to exhaustion by...

Exit Wound

Exit Wound
  • Author(s): Andy McNab
  • Location(s): Dubai
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): late 20th century

Three tons of Saddam Hussein’s gold in an unguarded warehouse in Dubai…For two of Nick Stone’s closest ex-SAS comrades, it was to have been the perfect, victimless crime. But when they’re double-crossed and the robbery goes devastatingly wrong, only...

Dubai

Dubai
  • Author(s): Syed Ali
  • Location(s): Dubai
  • Genre(s): Nonfiction
  • Era(s): late 20th / early 21st centuries

In less than two decades, Dubai has transformed itself from an obscure Gulf emirate into a global center for business, tourism, and luxury living. It is a fascinating case study in light-speed urban development, hyperconsumerism, massive immigration, and vertiginous...

Layover in Dubai

Layover in Dubai
  • Author(s): Dan Fesperman
  • Location(s): Dubai
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): early 21st century

The newest thriller from the author of The Amateur Spy and The Prisoner of Guantánamo (“Worthy of sharing shelf space with the novels of John le Carré and Ken Follett”—USA Today) is as dazzling as its setting. Sam Keller...

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Enter the 2021TripFiction 'Sense of Place' Creative Writing Competition!

A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

2,500 word maximum, 750 word minimum

Judges include Victoria Hislop and Rosanna Ley

First Prize of £1,000 / US$1,350

Prizes total £1,750 / US$2,362 

Winning entry published on TripFiction site and publicised on Social Media

Entries close 6th November 2021