“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
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
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What I found was a chatty account of the expat experience, entertaining enough but somewhat short on substance. Very few names (of companies and individuals behind these projects) are named. Who are the real movers and shakers in this country? Who came up with the concept of multiple luxury marinas on a tiny, man-made island?
Having read the opening line in the blurb on the back cover, “When author Steve Burton heard the plan for transforming a relatively untouched bird sanctuary in the Middle Eastern emirate of Abu Dhabi into a complex, global entertainment and premier yachting destination…,” I kept wondering why “the bird sanctuary” and its fate were never once mentioned in the book. (“What happened to the biiiirds???”) The apparent answer is that whoever wrote the blurb must have confused the artificial environment of Yas Island, which is so well connected with Abu Dhabi City as to have become part of it, with the nature area on Sir Bani Yas Island, 110 miles southwest of the capital.
The most interesting chapter to me was probably Part 10, where the author looks back on the effects of the global economical crisis of 2008 (which hit the emirates only in 2009) and contemplates, among other things, the feasibility of the emirate’s nautical ambitions given its geographical location. The lesson: sometimes even unlimited resources are not enough to guarantee success.
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