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Globalisation and urban development: a case study of Dubai’s Jumeirah Palm Island mega project

Record type: Thesis (Doctoral)

Mega projects have become an important new development strategy in globalizing cities, and a new or emerging form of development in economic, technological, social and political life, influenced by global flows of capital. Despite being acknowledged as an important factor in globalizing economies, the role of mega projects has failed to receive appropriate research attention in terms of analysis of the various advantages and disadvantages that they carry. This research seeks to achieve a better understanding of the nature of urban development, and its implications for Dubai. The research involves an assessment of whether urban mega projects actually develop as a result of globalisation processes and draws conclusions on conflicting discussions about economic growth and social change. The research aims to establish Dubai’s attitudes towards urban mega projects and globalisation, focusing on the ways the phenomenon is conceptualized, and on understanding the impacts of the new urban paradigm, with particular reference to the Jumeirah Palm Island mega project.

The research sets out to examine three key issues; firstly what are the effects of global economic factors and foreign direct investment, and how have economic factors have become a catalyst for development? Secondly, the thesis considers the technological and architectural features of large-scale development. Thirdly, it focuses on new social trends and the extent of public participation, and analyses the political dimensions of globalisation. The research reveals that whilst there are some similarities with other mega projects around the world, the Jumeirah Palm Island mega project is the product of a unique development policy. There are many global elements in the Palm Island development but there is also a significant regional dimension, as in many of the underpinning capital flows. It is argued that the adoption of a mega projects policy may have had negative consequences on the indigenous population of Dubai, which has become a minority 12% of the total population.

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Al Darmaki, Ibrahim Abdul Rahman (2008) Globalisation and urban development: a case study of Dubai’s Jumeirah Palm Island mega project University of Southampton, School of Geography, Doctoral Thesis , 329pp.

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Published date: December 2008
Organisations: University of Southampton

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Local EPrints ID: 67552
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/67552
PURE UUID: 415ba9b6-3b4c-487b-84cc-bb7d37a926ba

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Date deposited: 27 Aug 2009
Last modified: 19 Jul 2017 00:18

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Author: Ibrahim Abdul Rahman Al Darmaki
Thesis advisor: Steven Pinch

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