Gene R. Beley

Staying Afloat by author Steve Burton is a well-written book that makes you feel as if you were with him and his writer-photographer wife, Pamela, on their three-year adventure in…Read more


I am sending you a picture that symbolizes the end of reading your book at Renvyle beach – Connemara – Ireland 😉 
I really enjoyed it!!! Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I laughed so many times!” 😊 Izeta 





Having traveled to Abu Dhabi long before the dream of Yas Island was envisioned, I was eager to read Staying Afloat, Steve Burton’s chronicles of living and working in this exotic and culturally enriched Emirate. In a word, Fantastic, it’s a great read!” Randy Gault






+Denniepsd Even though I’d experienced first hand the wonders of the region, I was reminded how unique Abu Dhabi is and how little we all really understand of its culture and nature. I was especially astonished to read how he pulled this off and kept his cool throughout. It is certainly a study in patience and respect. Well done!” Denise Gault

I read STAYING AFLOAT pre-publication and was informed, entertained, and intrigued from page one to the end. The cultural insights were fascinating. I’d recommend this book to anyone who is interested in working or living abroad or has interest in how business is conducted internationally. Donna Galassi, Associate Publisher Avalon Travel 10/25/12


“A masterpiece skillfully navigating the maze of a globalized work culture and chronicling in lay terms the mega, beyond state-of-the-art architectural and planning miracle of the Arabian Peninsula.”

Liliane Koziol, Ph.D.
Peace and Conflict Studies
University of California, Berkeley

“A colorful account of the realities of expat life revealed through unique cultural anecdotes.”

Bill Fink, travel writer
San Francisco Chronicle and Lonely Planet

May 11, 2013

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Ted Lyman

July 15, 2013

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Elisabeth Khan

May 15, 2016

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October 7, 2013

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August 7, 2015

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Cyrus Dean

October 24, 2012

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Brian Gray

April 17, 2014

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May 11, 2013

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2 Replies to “Endorsements”

  1. A fun, exciting and often emotional read, with incredible insight as to the rich cultural intricacies of the Emirati people, from the working class all the way to the top “Royals” and heads of state! Mr. Burton shed new light on a sector of the Middle East that clearly doesn’t deserve to be lumped in with other less secure, generous and open-minded people.

  2. Having visited AD for short stays it was fun to read about long term living as an expat. I enjoyed this book as much as those of Frances Mayes.

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