Urbanization and the Changing Character of the Arab City - ESCWA

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ESCWA Publication: E/ESCWA/SDD/2005/1


Publication Type: Reports & studies

Cluster: 2030 Agenda and SDG Coordination

Focus Area: Financing for development, Inclusive development

Initiatives: Sustainable urban development

SDGs: Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Keywords: Urbanization

Urbanization and the Changing Character of the Arab City

January 2005

Development generates such major forces as rural-urban migration, population growth and socio-economic developments. This study sheds light on the role of these major forces in shaping the character of the Arab city and presents the results of a comparative analysis of three case studies, namely, Amman, with its challenge of continuous growth; Beirut and its reconstruction predicament; and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, as the city of many cities. This study includes revealing pictures of these three cities and aims to contribute to the discourse on urban development in the Arab region.

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