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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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A Morning Routine, Palm Jumeirah

October 30 2009
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Every weekday between 7:30 and 7:45, the workers at the Marina Residences Towers on Palm Jumeirah congregate for morning exercises called rajio taiso, or radio exercises.
Al Manakh visited for one morning. Here’s some footage from a day got off to a good start.

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GULF NOTES, the week ending 24 October 2009

October 29 2009
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Abu Dhabi investment house launched a $300 million Sharia-compliant hospitality development fund for MENA and Asia, following its launches of Shariah-compliant “entertainment cities” in Qatar and Mumbai….[read more]

photo credit: Fatima al Dhariri
photo: Bollywood entertainment city, Cityscape Abu Dhabi 2009

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GULF NOTES, the week ending 17 October 2009

October 27 2009
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Already having secured a $412 million contract to build the first phase of Dubai’s tram system, France-based Alstom began talks on a 5-year maintenance contract for the not-yet-existing $809 million tram system.
Photo credit: Imre Solt, skyscrapercity.com

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Here Comes Dohaland

October 26 2009
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Dohaland’s public release of its plans and renderings were met this year with some applause. With Dohaland, however, comes the departure of one of Doha’s liveliest parts of town anchored on Mushaireb Road. Below are pictures of the neighborhoods making room for Dohaland.

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Capturing the new coffeehouse chatter: An interview with Moeed Ahmad, Head of New Media, Al Jazeera

October 19 2009
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Moeed Ahmad is at the forefront of exploring the increasing impact and potential of social media in the news gathering and production process, and has a clear agenda for the future role it can play in fostering an open discussion in the Middle East and beyond.

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An Epic Tale of Planning

October 16 2009
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Talal Shair, Chairman of the engineering and planning firm Dar Al-Handasah, delivered a provocative address at the Yale Arab Alumni Association Conference, “Transnational Tides and the Future of the Arab City,” held in Beirut in early October.

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