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Through our collaborative methodology, we are able to trace the continuities of

notions of cultural difference evident in contemporary British expatriate practices

with those of pre-Federation Dubai. However, we appreciate, also, the difference in

the experiences and therefore the imaginative geographies of the two groups. In the

earlier period the myths of imperial history were still very much alive. Then, several

informants had had first-hand experience of Empire, having served in territories that

were still colonies or newly independent, while contemporary expatriates’ collective

memories are more distant, more generalised. Although there are clearly hegemonic

ideologies that circulate in broader contexts and have relevance for Britons’ identities

here, it is important not to make assumptions about the reproduction of colonial

cultures across space and time. Thus, within the post/colonial context of Dubai, we

find evidence of much wider imperial imaginations of Self/Other being played out in

localised practices of socialising, dress, food and excursions.