After Singapore in the 1980s and China in the 1990s, the next large-scale urbanisation is going ahead at full steam. Al Manakh, a special publication by the periodical Volume, offers a detailed analysis of the history, culture and architecture of the following breeding-ground of modernisation: the coast of the Persian Gulf, and in particular of Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Ras al Khaimah.
In a world buzzing with satellite aerials, news flashes and status updates, this second Al Manakh – a special issue of Volume Magazine – provides an essential and comprehensive guide to the Gulf region during turbulent times: the worldwide financial crisis. The credit crunch is a ‘stress test’ for the different development models in the region as nations prepare for a post-oil economy. This transition provides several challenges: economic re-profiling, food security, environmental exposure, multiculturalism and demographic growth.