Merchants’ role in a changing society: the case of Dubai, 1900–90

@article{AlSayegh1998MerchantsRI,
  title={Merchants’ role in a changing society: the case of Dubai, 1900–90},
  author={Fatma Hassan Al‐Sayegh},
  journal={Middle Eastern Studies},
  year={1998},
  volume={34},
  pages={87-102}
}
Since the turn of the twentieth century, Dubai, the largest city in the United Arab Emirates (known before independence as the Trucial Coast), has derived its fame and prosperity from trade. With little or no other means of livelihood, commerce became the main source of income for the Shaikhdom. Dubai's port became the main entrepot in the Gulf, and the busiest trading port in the region. In many respects Dubai typifies the way in which Gulf cities have developed over the past two hundred years… 
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