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Dubai, the City as Corporation$
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Ahmed Kanna

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816656301

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816656301.001.0001

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State, Citizen, and Foreigner in Dubai

State, Citizen, and Foreigner in Dubai

(p.43) Chapter 1 State, Citizen, and Foreigner in Dubai
Dubai, the City as Corporation

Ahmed Kanna

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter contextualizes the relationship between the citizen and the foreigner, as defined by the workings of the family-state. It is commonly believed that the rift between the citizens and the foreigners had arisen due to economic globalization, which introduced expatriates into the Arab Gulf out of a need for more workers in the oil industry. Such an arrangement had fostered resentment between the citizens and the foreigners, with the former either being presumed resentful under cultural and racial grounds, if not outright resistant of modern ideals of globalization. This assumption is missing a rather crucial context, however—that of the participation of the family-state in internal affairs. Government efforts to conceptualize nationalism emphasized ethnic purity as the basis for citizenship—a move that would protect the privileged foreigners yet undermine the positions of the less privileged expatriates.

Keywords:   family-state, economic globalization, Arab Gulf, oil industry, nationalism, ethnic purity, citizenship, government, expatriates

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