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The New Arab Urban: Gulf Cities of Wealth, Ambition, and Distress

Harvey Molotch and Davide Ponzini


This book is a way to learn from the Persian Gulf – to use its cities, cultures, and politics to broaden our understanding of how wealth and power operate in the world today. To learn from cities of the Arabian Peninsula -- places like Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Doha -- does not mean celebrating them or ridiculing them either. It means looking closely at how they operate and their prospects for future impacts inside and outside the region. Here, a group of scholars from across the disciplines and much of the world, strives to emplace the new developments in wider histories of trade, of technology, ... More

Keywords: Persian Gulf, Middle-eastern Cities, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Urban Development, Urbanism, Contemporary Architecture, Ecology, Technology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781479880010
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479880010.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Harvey Molotch, editor
New York University

Davide Ponzini, editor
Politecnico di Milano

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Harvey Molotch and Davide Ponzini

Section I The Gulf as Transnational

1 Giving the Transnational a History

Alex Boodrookas and Arang Keshavarzian

Section II Assembling Hybrid Cities

4 A Gulf of Images

Michele Nastasi

6 Planning from Within

Hilary Ballon

Section III Urban Test Beds for Export

7 Gateway

Mina Akhavan

8 Exporting the Spaceship

Gökçe Günel

Section IV Audacity, Work-Arounds, and Spatial Segmentation

11 Consuming Abu Dhabi

Harvey Molotch


Harvey Molotch and Davide Ponzini