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The book ‘The Evolving Arab city’ comprises of a set of articles written by eight contributors. These authors are mainly professors who teach at Universities or are practicing planning professionals who have written about the cities they are affiliated to i.e. either born and continued to reside for a long time or have been living in these cities for a considerable duration of time. The book is divided into two parts grouped based on the socio-cultural and geographic marker- the struggling cities and the emerging cities. Contributors to the struggling cities have followed a political approach talking about governments and citizens that overlooked the importance of historical sites leading to its negligence and destruction. Contributors in the second section have adopted a different tone. Even though there seems to evoke a positive response to the modernization there also seems to be an ironic ring to it.
In the first chapter, Elsheshtawy introduces the Arab world to its readers – he talks about a great ‘rift’ that exists between the Arab countries which only seems to have widened by the creation of the Gulf Cooperation Council (1981) or the GCC. These countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, oman and UAE- basically the oil rich countries) have made a unified economic agreement for rapid development and high quality governance thus ensuring a sharp increase in foreign investment inflow. He then goes on to talk about how these developments are catered only to the rich and wealthy both foreign and national and how such rapid developments have led to many issues such as illegal immigrants within these countries.
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