publication . Article . 2015

Futures, fakes and discourses of the gigantic and miniature in ‘The World’ islands, Dubai

Pamila Gupta;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Nov 2015 Journal: Island Studies Journal (issn: 1715-2593, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: University of Prince Edward Island
Abstract
This article takes the “island” as a key trope in tourism studies, exploring how ideas of culture and nature, as well as those of paradise (lost) are central to its interpretation for tourists and tourist industries alike. Increasingly, however, island tourism is blurring the line between geographies of land and water, continent and archipelago, and private and public property. The case of ‘The World’ islands mega project off the coast of Dubai (UAE) is used to chart the changing face and future of island tourism, exploring how spectacle, branding and discourses of the gigantic, miniature, and fake, particularly alongside technological mediations on a large-scal...
Subjects
free text keywords: archipelago, culture, Dubai, island tourism, nature, Physical geography, GB3-5030
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