Multiculturalism and Urban Transformation in Emerging Gulf Cities

Major cities in the Gulf region have recently acquired a geo-strategic importance. Through the shift of global economic forces cities in the region are developed as central hubs between old economies of Western Europe and the rising economies of Asia. In the context of international competition between cities new challenges are emerging where cities need to find ways to sustain and extend their position as emerging hubs. Service economies have been identified as the key driver for spatial and urban development processes. Subsequently, extensive migration has been transforming local societies. Yet, how exactly can Gulf cities evolve as regional and global service hubs? How will future societies redefine local architecture and urbanism? What is the role of multiculturalism in establishing sustainable cities?

Our research effort aims at offering answers by arguing that non-physical social and economic aspects and the qualities of the urban environment are interdependent. It analyzes the…
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