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Dubization of Arab cities
I'm in the process of writing a research paper to invistigate what I've called: Dubization of Arab Cities. Dubization in this context refer to Dubai; the most famous Arab city in our time. It seems to me that most of the cities in the Arab world are competing to imitate Dubai in its unprecedented effort to build the tallest, the biggest and the largest ever built architectural and urban statments. What are the consequences of such a compitition on the future of Arab cities. What kind of social life that will emerge out of this development. Can we reflect on this issue.
Ali A. Alraouf
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Dubization of Arab cities
Ali, I am not sure that I would call Dubai an Arab city. It was built on the backs of foreign labor (Pakistani, Bengali, Indian, ect). In anycase, Consumerism is the final stage of human development. Welcome to the world of strip malls and retail plazas. Dubai is the American dream - cheap gas, big cars, artificial environments, and plastic consumer goods made in China. Congratulations the UAE has arrived where everyone else is trying so hard to get to. Consumerism is not a bad thing, if people have a stake in political stability for the sake of economic prosperity, the Rule of Law will take hold. And from an American point of view, how can we drop bombs on people in Gucci loafers and Gap jeans? Viva Dubai!
Shiraz Allibhai
Dubization of Arab cities
I like very much your conscise definition on what's going on in Arab cities, expressed in the title. But is it "Dubization" or "Dubaization"?
Mirjana Devetakovic Radojevic
Dubization of Arab cities
I believe such a challenge exist.... in fact not only most Arab cities but most large cities in all developing countries have such dream of showing themselves as modern , beautiful, ...... as American and European cities.
Babak Gholizadeh
Dubization of Arab cities
Focusing on social issues , I think the people easily agree and adapt with such dubaisation as architecture and urbanism was one of the last who came to their lives after they use to the way of life, way of working, and ways of spending like American and Europeans. . . . In fact, they are now completely like American and Europeans and why their cities should not look like theirs.
Babak Gholizadeh
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