Virtuous cycle or vicious cycle? Modern heritage and development in Abu Dhabi

Chabbi, Amel and Mahdy, Hossam M. (2012) Virtuous cycle or vicious cycle? Modern heritage and development in Abu Dhabi. In: ICOMOS 17th General Assembly, 2011-11-27 / 2011-12-02, Paris, France. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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Abstract (in English)

The fortuitous discovery of oil in the 1960s was the catalyst for a whirlwind of change that has forever transformed the modest fishing, pearling and Bedouin settlements and farms of Abu Dhabi to cosmopolitan metropolises and fully-fledged towns. While the export of oil was the trigger to the astonishing urban transformation of Abu Dhabi over the past fifty years; today, the stock of the modern buildings that were witness to Abu Dhabi’s historic metamorphosis is quickly disappearing because of rapid development, real estate speculation and rising land value.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Chabbi, Amel
Mahdy, Hossam M.
Languages: English
Keywords: Cultural heritage; Preservation; Protection; Conservation of cultural heritage; Real estate speculation; Modern buildings; develompement policy; Development; Modernization; Urban renewal; Modern architecture; Archaeological excavations; Modern Architecture; Surveys; Abu Dhabi
Subjects: A. THEORETICAL AND GENERAL ASPECTS > 02. Concept and definition
B. ARCHAEOLOGY > 01. Generalities
C. ARCHITECTURE > 01. Generalities
C. ARCHITECTURE > 09. Movable cultural property
D. URBANISM > 02. Urban planning
H. HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 05. Collections (movable)
J. HERITAGE ECONOMICS > 01. Generalities
P. GEOGRAPHIC AREAS > 04. Asia and Pacific islands
Name of monument, town, site, museum: City of Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates); Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture & Heritage (ADACH)
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2011, 17th
Depositing User: ICOMOS DocCentre
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2012 15:00
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2023 12:35
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Chabbi, Amel and Hossam Mahdy. 2011. Starting from scratch: preserving Abu Dhabi’s modern heritage. In Proceedings of the international conference on intervention approaches for the 20th century architectural heritage, ed. Juan Miguel Hernández de León and Fernando Espinosa de los Monteros: published digitally. Madrid: Ministry of Culture of Spain.

Elsheshtawy, Yasser. 2008. Cities of sand and fog: Abu Dhabi’s global ambitions. In The evolving Arab city: tradition,modernity, and urban development, ed. Yasser Elsheshtawy: 258-304. New York: Routledge.

Makhlouf, Abdelrahman. 2010. Urban Development in Abu Dhabi. Unpublished report. Urban Planning Council of Abu Dhabi. 2007. Plan Abu Dhabi 2030: Urban Structure Framework Plan. Abu Dhabi: Urban Planning Council of Abu Dhabi.

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