A man-made canal city inspired by the Venetian tradition, Dubai Marina is carved into the desert along a 3 kilometre stretch of the Arabian Gulf shoreline in 'new Dubai'. It will accommodate around 120,000 international residents in luxury condominium towers and villas along a waterfront-retail promenade that includes 8 km of landscaped public walkways connecting the various basins. The first phase of the project is composed of six apartment towers (Dubai Marina Towers) and 64 luxury villas connected by a network of rooftop gardens. The second phase of the project will include 200 high rise buildings. Upon completion, it aims to become the world's largest man-made marina.
al-Asad, Mohammad. "Master Plans for Urban Districts: The Prominence of Public-Private Partnerships". In Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism in the Middle East, 232-268. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2012. (Arabic version)
Beginning at the end of the first Gulf War, the Middle East entered a new era of architectural and urban development defined by increased levels of globalization and private sector investment. In the decade that followed, the region was home to a wealth of architectural projects that challenged conventional thinking about architecture and the Middle East itself. Mohammad al-Asad provides an in-depth examination of an abundance of these projects, from homes and schools to hotels and religious centers. Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism in the Middle East examines the economic, political, and cultural context in which the projects were created. The book’s photographs bring attention to previously unaddressed aspects of modern Arabic architecture, highlighting local talent emerging throughout the region.
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