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Al Manakh is the collaborative initiative to monitor, reveal and forecast new urban developments unfolding in the Gulf region. This analysis focuses on how the Gulf’s recent pace has not only shaped its own urban centers but also releases significant effects beyond its borders...
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Cityscape turns to ‘reflection’, not promotion

September 30 2009
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“Dubai’s top property exhibition, once the stage where multibillion-dollar developments were announced, will be a smaller and more reflective affair this year as the cash-strapped industry licks its wounds.”
photo: Cityscape Dubai, 2008

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Michael Jackson to live forever as an island in Dubai

September 25 2009
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No less than three entries to Archinect and Bustler’s ‘Live Forever’ competition to design a monument to Michael Jackson have been proposed for Dubai.

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Saudi Arabia’s ‘House of Wisdom’

September 24 2009
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At an official ceremony in Jeddah yesterday, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia unveiled the first stage of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) to 3000 guests and international dignitaries.
KAUST aims to be a world-class scientific centre, to relax the nation’s dependence upon oil revenue by developing new sustainable technologies in the fields of [...]

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GULF NOTES, the week ending 19 September 2009

September 22 2009
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A UK-based engineer associated with TDIC’s development projects in Abu Dhabi: “This is a good time to create an icon as it’s cheaper. More resources from contractors and designers around the world are available.” Abu Dhabi turned down a 224-story Tommy Landau-designed tower named the Al Imlaq (the “Giant”); now to be pitched to Saudi Arabia.

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Construction Week Saudi Arabia Conference, May 13, 2009, Jeddah

September 15 2009
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Reda Sijiny reports on a conference last May in Jeddah. A few months back, but perhaps still a relevant tell-tale on development in Jeddah.

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The People’s Icon

September 10 2009
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Dubai Metro Launch 09

Dubai is abuzz with a new kind of speculation: what does the introduction of urban rail mean for everyday life in the so-called superlative city?

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