Beyond the Gulf Metropolises: The Urban Transformation of Salalah in the Arising Post-Oil Era

Steffen Wippel

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Resumé

The extended studies on urbanisation in the Gulf region that came up in the early 2000s concentrated on the main centres with their worldwide-admired mega-projects and branding strategies. Only rather recently did a more general interest arise in the second-tier range of Gulf cities, which also show an intriguing history and important recent urban development, and constitute important hubs in specific global and regional flows. In this context, after a more than two-decade gap in academic coverage, this article intends to analyse the more recent urban and economic transformations of Salalah, which started in the late 1990s. After a short review of the city‘s development until the 1980s, this paper will also present its current urban and economic evolution. Then it will turn to the globalisation of Salalah in the context of national post-oil strategies, and study the physical fragmentation of the urban landscape. Finally, it will point to the shift from overall structural planning to individual master plans, and discuss the marketing of the new Salalah versus the selective conservation of the old.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftTrialog. A Journal for Planning and Building in the Global Context
Vol/bind114
Udgave nummer3
Sider (fra-til)34-39
Antal sider6
StatusUdgivet - 2013

Fingeraftryk

metropolis
structural planning
urban development
fragmentation
economics
urbanization
marketing
conservation
coverage
globalization
history

Bibliografisk note

Published in May 2015

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Beyond the Gulf Metropolises : The Urban Transformation of Salalah in the Arising Post-Oil Era. / Wippel, Steffen.

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