Dubai, City of Vision and Challenge

Dubai is historically influenced by sea trade and seafarer, and associated tales of visions and adventures.

Roxy Binno

Dubai development follows the visions of its successive Rulers. The visions are so far well shared and supported by the locals and elites. It seems that Dubai’s leadership had acquainted itself with the knowledge of the opportunities waiting for city within its region, and learned how to be competent globally with all the ups and downs. It took tolerance, and challenging efforts to brand the city and mark it on the world map. In this case, it is true to quote “When we dream alone, it is only a dream. But when we dream together, it is the beginning of reality.”

Dubai emerged during the last decade as modern metropolitan area with diverse and wide range of complex aspects. Since 1950, Dubai’s hybrid population grew about 100 times, and its urban fabric extended 400 times approximately. Dubai’s growth is economically driven, but its spatial urban development is design led.

The rapid development of modern Dubai became well known on the world map as a city of free zones and iconic mega projects. The latter cover large territories and some mega projects are initially intended to accommodate more than 1.0 million inhabitants. The mega projects constitute cities within a city with specialized themes and functions such as Academic City, Medical City, etc; and include front end residential areas and compounds, and activity hubs; etc.

The Free Zones include the whole spectrum of manufacturing, trading and services and almost cover the global markets. The case of Dubai could represent a lesson on urban development based on vision, design, and challenge. It will cover an overview of the relevant contexts and trends of urbanization and related concerns and challenges.

Mr Roxy Binno, Expert of Planning and Urban Design, Municipality of Dubai, will speak at:
the  5th International Urban Design Conference 2012 – The Hilton on the Park, Melbourne, Victoria 10th to the 12th of September – 2012 –


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