Author(s): Ali A. Alraouf
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Unprecedented oil revenues and strategic geopolitical significance unambiguously positioned Gulf countries at the nexus of spatial, political, and societal transformations. Since all Gulf countries are city-state, their contemporary portal cities act as engines of growth in the Gulf. However, the recent urban changes in Gulf cities suggests that the patterns of urban growth, as practiced during the height of oil economy, might come to an end. The popular slogan ‘If you build it, they will come’ has become irrelevant given current challenges and has become a threatening future situation for Gulf cities in a post-carbon world.
Publication: ISOCARP Review 15, pp. 104-129
Editors: Malgorzata Hanzl, Jim Reilly, Mahak Agrawal
Coordinator: Lucian Perici
Graphic Designer: Ricardo Moura