Sinews of War and Trade: Shipping and Capitalism in the Arabian Peninsula by Prof @LalehKhalili is my breakthrough book on the #Gulf this year. So many layers of Infrastructure politics as well as labor histories of the region lost in the glitz of the skyscraper. Must read which is rigorous and a page turner. The role of port and trade is often overlooked as the trajectories of the region are mapped in energy terms. But the oil and the gas has to reach to its end client.
The politics behind the widening of the Dubai Creek and subsequent ports is fascinating and instrumental in the global ascent of Dubayy. A Must Read for Middle East Watchers.