New English language history is everything you need to know about the Emirates between two covers

Discovering the United Arab Emirates serves as a crucial guide to the country expats now call home

Francesca Affleck has written an English language history of the UAE and its culture. Antonie Robertson / The National

Francesca Affleck has written an English language history of the UAE and its culture. Antonie Robertson / The National

Newly arrived in Dubai, Francesca Affleck wanted to know more about the country she now called home.

And like many who are curious about the culture and history of the UAE, she found the search for information as frustrating as it was intriguing.

Unlike the rest of us, the teacher turned author did something about it.

The result is Discovering the United Arab Emirates, published this weekend.

It is, as far as anyone can tell, the first English language book that explores from cover to cover every aspect of life in the UAE, from its history and geology, to the culture and customs of its people.