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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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Indian Ocean Dubai

Indian Ocean Dubai

The Identity Politics of South Asian Immigrants

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Dubai, the City as Corporation

Ahmed Kanna

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses the South Asian experience within the Gulf, as well as the politics of inclusion and exclusion that deny the expatriates within the scope of a modern Emirati identity. The South Asian diaspora had arrived in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) during the country’s oil boom, as their labor had made up for the lack of manpower in the state. However, in more recent times there came a desire for the elite class to establish themselves as the legitimate ruling class, and their efforts in doing so have alienated the South Asian identity from a chance at citizenship within a neoliberal regime. There is, however, a deeper undercurrent of fear that causes the divide and the complacency thereof between Emiratis and immigrants alike—that the promises of capitalism may fail them one day.

Keywords:   South Asian diaspora, modern Emirati identity, United Arab Emirates, UAE, South Asian identity, neoliberal regime, citizenship, expatriates, capitalism

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