With the rapid growth of cities in the Arab Middle East, urban planners from
the private and the public sector face the challenge of ensuring long-term
sustainability. The approach to the urban development of both new and old
cities often addresses short-term needs, but the solutions – from integrated
communities to preservation and renewal projects – put at risk the urban
environment, social and cultural welfare, and economic diversity.
ss How can planners
and engineers capitalize on urbanization to improve sustainability?
What have we learned from the foundations of new cities
and the redevelopment of the old?
How can the private and public sectors coordinate – on a
national and regional level – to build cities that support the knowledge