Planning Abu Dhabi : An Urban History (Planning, History and Environment)

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 276 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9781138300309
  • DDC分類 307.1216095357

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Abu Dhabi's urban development path contrasts sharply with its exuberant neighbour, Dubai. As Alamira Reem puts it, Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates since 1971, `has been quietly devising its own plans ... to manifest its role and stature as a capital city'. Alamira Reem, a native Abu Dhabian and urban planner and researcher who has studied the emirate's development for more than a decade, is uniquely placed to write its urban history. Following the introduction and description of Abu Dhabi's early modern history, she focuses on three distinct periods dating from the discovery of oil in 1960, and coinciding with periods in power of the three rulers since then: Sheikh Shakhbut bin Sultan Al Nahyan (1960-1966), Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (1966-2004), and Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (2004-). Based on archival research, key interviews and spatial mapping, she analyses the different approaches of each ruler to development; investigates the role of planning consultants, architects, developers, construction companies and government agencies; examines the emergence of comprehensive development plans and the policies underlying them; and assesses the effects of these many and varied influences on Abu Dhabi's development. She concludes that, while much still needs to be done, Abu Dhabi's progress towards becoming a global, sustainable city provides lessons for cities elsewhere.

Table of Contents

Preface                                            vii
Acknowledgements xi
Chapter 1 The Construction of an Urban Past 1 (14)
The Scope of the Book 5 (3)
Existing Literature and Contribution 8 (4)
Structure of the Book 12 (3)
Chapter 2 From the Hinterland to the Coast: 15 (16)
Origins of an Urban Identity (1761--1960)
Early Settlement 15 (5)
Tribes in the Sheikhdom 20 (3)
The Traditional Economy 23 (1)
Increasing British Interests 24 (7)
Chapter 3 Maintaining the Status Quo 31 (54)
Shakhbut's Abu Dhabi: A Bedouin Town 32 (3)
The Foundations of Modern Governance 35 (13)
Plans of the Experts: An Oil Export 48 (17)
Arish Village 65 (16)
New Era, New Man 81 (4)
Chapter 4 The Emergence of a Modern City 85 (80)
Sheikh Zayed's Abu Dhabi: Green, Modern, 85 (7)
and for the People
New Government 92 (15)
Plans of the Experts: Human City, Modern 107(31)
The Modern City Built Twice Over 138(21)
Son of a Bedouin, Father of a Nation 159(6)
Chapter 5 Building the Global, Sustainable 165(74)
Arab Capital City (2004--2016)
Sheikh Khalifa's New Vision for Abu Dhabi 165(5)
and the Sharing of Responsibilities with
Sheikh Mohamed
Abu Dhabi's New Economy and Government 170(25)
Plan Abu Dhabi 2030: The Smooth-Flowing 195(24)
Human Eco-City
Abu Dhabi Metropolitan 219(15)
Towards Abu Dhabi Vision 2030 234(5)
Chapter 6 Conclusion 239(15)
A Lesson in Planning 241(6)
Appendix A Methodology 247(2)
Appendix B Interview List 249(2)
Appendix C Al Nahyan Family Tree 251(1)
Appendix D Abu Dhabi Areas Map 252(1)
Appendix E New and Upcoming Developments 253(1)
References 254(11)
Index 265