Peter Cooper was formerly a partner in AMEInfo.com, forming his company just after the dot-com crash in 2000 and selling it as a part of a private equity deal just before the subprime crisis in 2007. His book 'Opportunity Dubai: Making a Fortune in the Middle East' was a best seller. He was also an early investor in Dubai property. He was a European Commission administrative trainee, and formerly founding editor of both the ArabianMoney newsletter and Gulf Business magazine. He lives in Dubai and Budapest. He is a personal finance and travel columnist for The National (www.thenational.ae), and has been writing of property and finance professionally for 30 years.