Middle East Studies Online Journal- ISSN 2109-9618- Issue n°6. Volume 3 ( Summer 2011)
Etudes du Moyen-Orient. N°6. Volume 3. ( Eté 2011)
.2011دراسات الشرق الأوسط، مجلة فكرية محكمة. العدد السادس . المجلد الثالث صيف
By: Daniel R. Fredrick*
Abstract: His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai, United Arab Emirates is one of the most lauded Arab-Muslim leaders in the Arabian Gulf. Sheikh Mohammed, as well as his country, stands in stark contrast to many other leaders and countries in the Middle East which have recently seen violent civil protests and unsympathetic rejection of long-time leaders. This essay explicates the speeches and other works of Sheikh Mohammed to shed light on what makes him so exemplary and what makes the UAE so great a paradigm for the Middle East in general. Sheikh Maktoum’s rhetoric reveals four underlying features which make the UAE, Dubai in particular, a global paradigm: (1) a citizen-centered Arab-Muslim ruler (2) a highly educated population (3) a traditional but tolerant, united Middle East and (4) an optimistic worldview.
Keywords: Discursive analysis, Discourse strategies, Dubai, UAE, Arab politics, Middle East education…
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* Dr. Daniel R. Fredrick is an assistant professor at the American University of Sharjah where he has been teaching courses in writing and speaking since August 2008. Before moving to the UAE, he began university teaching in 1996 and since has taught in California, Texas, Florida, and even Bulgaria. He has written articles for professional publications and has presented papers at national and international conferences on topics related to rhetoric. He currently lives in Sharjah with his wife and son who was born in Sharjah in 2009.