Abu Dhabi’s urban development path contrasts sharply with that of its exuberant neighbour, Dubai.
Following the introduction and description of Abu Dhabi’s early modern history, Alamira Reem focusses on three distinct periods dating from the discovery of oil in 1960, and coinciding with periods in power of the three rulers since then: Sheikh Shakhbut bin Sultan Al Nahyan (1960—1966), Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (1966—2004) and Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (2004—). Based on archival research, key interviews and spatial mapping, she analyses the different approaches of each ruler to development; investigates the role of planning consultants, architects, developers, construction companies and government agencies; examines the emergence of comprehensive development plans and the policies underlying them; and assesses the effects of these many and varied influences on Abu Dhabi’s development, concluding that, while much still needs to be done, Abu Dhabi’s progress towards becoming a global, sustainable city provides lessons for cities elsewhere.
About the Author
Emirati architect and urban planning, design and development specialist Dr Alamira Reem Bani Hashim is currently Project Manager of the UAE Architecture Initiative, aiming to advance architectural and planning knowledge in the UAE.
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