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Today, Gulf airlines are major international players, and Arab air forces are leading customers for military aircraft. But the region's link with aviation is far from recent. History in the Arab Skies reveals the close relationship between the Middle East and flying from the earliest days of flight and analyses the decisive impact it had on the political complexion of the region. This book, colourful, and richly illustrated, tells how flying and the history of the modern Middle East are interwoven. It will have broad appeal - not least to the millions who fly to or transit the region each year.Gerald Butt is the author of several books on the Middle East. His previous book, a new edition of Life at the Crossroads: A History of Gaza, was also published by Rimal. Butt was born and brought up in the Middle East and has spent nearly 40 years covering the region - as an award-winning BBC correspondent and as an analyst for a range of radio, television and print outlets. He now edits the weekly MENA Prospect. Butt - a life-long aviation enthusiast - lives in Nicosia, Cyprus.

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