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Competition Between Middle Eastern Cities: The Evolving Arab City By Elsheshtawy

694 words - 3 pages

‘Middle East’- a term coined by the British referring to the area between Britain and India. Elsheshtawy in his book - ‘The Evolving Arab city’ states that the Arab world has always been seen through the eyes of a foreigner – a land of mosques, slum like developments and terrorists; a land of skyscrapers, malls and excessive consumerism. Elsheshtawy points out that the whole of the Arab world cannot be categorized as such-there are the traditional cities and the modern cities. Cities such as Amman and Beirut have a rich traditional history and cannot be expected to develop detached from its traditional roots. Dubai and Doha on the other hand are unburdened by history and free to create a new identity. Unfortunately the latter cities have become the model cities and other cities must aspire to become like them. This created a competition between the cities.
The book ‘The Evolving Arab city’ comprises of a set of articles written by eight contributors. These authors are mainly professors who teach at Universities or are practicing planning professionals who have written about the cities they are affiliated to i.e. either born and continued to reside for a long time or have been living in these cities for a considerable duration of time. The book is divided into two parts grouped based on the socio-cultural and geographic marker- the struggling cities and the emerging cities. Contributors to the struggling cities have followed a political approach talking about governments and citizens that overlooked the importance of historical sites leading to its negligence and destruction. Contributors in the second section have adopted a different tone. Even though there seems to evoke a positive response to the modernization there also seems to be an ironic ring to it.
In the first chapter, Elsheshtawy introduces the Arab world to its readers – he talks about a great ‘rift’ that exists between the Arab countries which only seems to have widened by the creation of the Gulf Cooperation Council (1981) or the GCC. These countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, oman and UAE- basically the...

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