Burqalicious: The Dubai Diaries - Becky Wicks (2011)

Becky Wicks, a freelance writer for a travel and entertainment dot-com, got the opportunity of a lifetime in 2007 - to go to Dubai. So off she went, with suitcase in hand to a country that she definitely didn't pack the right clothes for, a land of stifling heat. Burqalicious tells the story of Becky's two years in the Middle East, including tales of a day out with the ladies at a water park where their swimming outfits look better suited for Melbourne Cup than Waterworld to scouring the shops for a packet of tampons as the local shop only sold sanitary towels big enough to be nappies. Along the way, Becky ends up in the arms of a wealthy but jealous Arab man. This is a fun tale about one women's journey from her life in London to being dumped in the middle of a desert city - a completely different world. (PP)

Becky Wicks' Burqalicious: The Dubai Diaries is a true story of sun, sand, sex and secrecy. The summary says: "As a sassy young woman used to blagging, blogging and slogging her way through dreary London, the call of a glamorous, tax-free lifestyle in sunny Dubai just couldn't go unanswered. During two and a half years, an entire city rose from the dust around Becky, along with a good few rungs of that hard-to-climb career ladder. She was a celebrity editor in a land where sex definitely does not sell and spent most nights in a five-star blur of champagne luxury. For two and a half years, Dubai gave Becky everything, but it all got a bit messy - not least because a wealthy jealous Arab made her his mistress. These days, shamed rule-breakers and failed entrepreneurs are a dime a dozen in Dubai, but it wasn't always so tragic. Becky lifts the burqa behind the razzle-dazzle and what it was really like to live in the world's fastest up and coming city." English-born Becky has worked in the media in both New York and London but now lives in Sydney. You can find out more at her blog.

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