Migrant Dubai is the first book-length work to examine low wage migrant lives in the emirate, and especially in ethnographic detail while simultaneously being situated within larger global and neoliberal processes. The book makes an innovative argument in refusing to view low wage migrants merely as victims as they are commonly portrayed in the popular media, academic analyses and activist discourse. Instead it acknowledges and demonstrates their agency and ability to make choices even within tightly constrained and marginalized circumstances. ‘Migrant Dubai’ also offers an extended analysis of how a rapidly developing city shapes migrants through the neoliberal discourses it embodies and perpetuates, while simultaneously, migrants shape the city through their very presence and occupation of it. It contributes to the fields of migration and urban studies, particularly in the analysis of South-South mobilities and emergent Global Cities.