The UAE's Space Race

Sheiks and Starchitects Envision the Future

by Ahmed Kanna , Arang Keshavarzian
published in MER248

At a 2007 Harvard workshop focusing on sustainable architecture in the Persian Gulf, the assembled academics and practitioners quizzed a public relations official from a large Abu Dhabi real estate developer. The workshop participants, among them experts in the field of sustainable development, were curious to know how the developer could claim its projects—large enclaves of high-end retail, entertainment and tourism—were “sustainable.”

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