Notes on UAE heritage clustering for urban planning

Adriaan De Man, Boshra Hassan

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The extremely dynamic expansion of urban infrastructures in the UAE is typically epitomized by the example of Dubai, despite being well-observable as well in all cities in the seven emirates. Sustainable forms of heritage tourism, and of site access in particular, represent a major component for development planning, in which extra- or inter-urban variables, such as geography, perceived distances, and road systems, unsurprisingly are part of. Yet multiple other factors create complex integrations with the city itself, and force tourism providers and other economic players into specific positionings. What this means in practice is that heritage visitor attractions are not mere static components of a tourism mix, but rather part of a continuous negotiation between city and territory. This paper examines and compares several case studies in the United Arab Emirates, using a cluster-based approach, from the level of the individual heritage attraction tothat of urban tourism systems.

Original languageEnglish
Article number040001
JournalAIP Conference Proceedings
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Oct 5 2023
Event3rd International Conference on the Built Environment and Engineering: Fostering a Transpicuous Construction Industry, IConBEE 2022 - Putrajaya, Malaysia
Duration: Oct 17 2022Oct 19 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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