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Hakim, a Pakistani taxi driver whizzing through the streets. Patrick, a Ugandan security guard with aspirations of becoming a writer. Farida, a Moroccan beautician hoping for a fresh start. Saeed, a respected Emirati journalist just back from London.
Taking place across the last few days of Ramadan, Minutes from the Miracle City is a unique retelling of the virtuoso project that is Dubai.
‘Sabbagh is the RK Narayan of our times.’ – Christopher Jackson, poet and biographer
‘Sabbagh gives us something we do not expect: a small place packed with complex dwellers.’ – Adnan Mahmutović, author of How to Fare Well and Stay Fair
‘A cast of vivid characters, whose interlocking fortunes and fascinatingly detailed lives create a compelling story, yet achieve the status of proverb.’ – Fiona Sampson MBE FRSL, poet and writer
‘A delightful kaleidoscopic tale of contemporary Dubai.’ – Dr Pamela Chrabieh, Middle Eastern Studies expert and writer
‘This piece is an oasis of sanity in the toppled modern world, and a perfect travel guide to the soul of the princedom where multiple private miracles do happen.’ – Svetlana Lavochkina, novelist, poet, translator
‘Omar Sabbagh is an extraordinary writer – intelligent, witty, sharp-eyed and compassionate.’ – Dr Jan Fortune, Cinnamon Press
‘Sabbagh situates his prose and the reader in a space where we each rehearse our failures and perhaps, our small victories.’ – Peter Salmon, author of The Coffee Story
‘Sabbagh captures the restless, cosmopolitan spirit of Dubai through a perceptive, touching and often comic narrative in which the dreams and dramas of several disparate and engagingly drawn characters are intertwined. An original, upbeat and entertaining read.’ – Susannah Tarbush, journalist, reviewer and blogger