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A real tale of solar, sand, intercourse and secrecy. For a sassy younger lady used to blagging, running a blog and slogging her manner via dreary London, the decision of a glamorous, tax-free way of life in sunny Dubai simply couldn't cross unanswered. Over the process years, whereas a complete urban rose from the dirt Becky Wicks scaled an exceptional few rungs of the hard-to-climb profession ladder. She grew to become a star editor in a land the place intercourse certainly doesn't promote and spent such a lot nights in a five-star blur of champagne luxurious. Dubai provided every thing, yet issues quickly obtained messy - now not least simply because a filthy rich Arab artificial Becky his mistress. nowadays, shamed rule-breakers and failed marketers are a dime a dozen in Dubai, but town keeps its attract. Becky Wicks lifts the burqa at the razzle-dazzle and divulges a few of what is going on within the world's quickest up-and-coming urban and procuring Mecca.

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Pratt calls this process ‘transculturation’: the reciprocal but unequal exchange between Europe and its colonies. The story of global integration that emerges from such travel narratives is a world history defined in European terms that provides ‘multiple ways of legitimizing and familiarizing the process of European expansion’ (Pratt, 2001: 150). At the same time, such narratives are themselves made possible by colonialism which, as Rob Nixon puts it, enabled Victorian travel writers to write with ‘the supreme imperial confidence that came, quite literally, from being on top of the world’ (1992: 51).

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The German astronomer Kolb’s The Present State of the Cape of Good Hope (1731), of which Pratt has (to Huigen’s mind) only seen a partial translation, testifies to a significant interest in nature in a pre-Linnaean period: Kolb’s work, he claims, is as taxonomically ordered as the Swedish scientist’s later natural history. Meanwhile, the Dutchman Gordon’s accounts of his later journey to the country (1773–1775) attest to a refusal to submit to the ‘dehumanising natural-historical discourse’ (Huigen: 74) by which Pratt characterizes the period, primarily because of his interest in indigenous cultures (‘the landscape is anything but depopulated’, Huigen: 73), the greater influence of the empiricist George Louis Leclerc de Buffon, as well as his own criticism of existing understandings of the region.

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