Understanding the economic development of Dubai

Little, Claire (2007) Understanding the economic development of Dubai. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The study's overall aim is to analyse how and why Dubai developed to become the region that it has. This broad aim allows the study to explore various ideas that explain Dubai's development. Three major frameworks have been used to analyse Dubai's growth: firstly the use of a traditional model to understand and asses the path of Dubai; secondly a social framework has been used to demonstrate attitudes towards economic development through education; thirdly a comparison has been made to the city-state of Singapore to demonstrate the methods and catalysts that take place in newly developing regions. The data for this study has been wide ranging. Qualitative research has demonstrated the experiences of academics who are residents of the UAE and quantitative data has demonstrated the growth, employment sectors and imports of Dubai. Literature has revealed models of development and these have been tested against Dubai, historical accounts have also been used to examine Dubai's initial growth. As a result it can be seen that Dubai's path has aspired to Singapore's, and very recently has acted as a competitor to the city-state. It can also be said that traditional models of developent cannot accurately define Dubai, instead the social well-being and leadership of Dubai account for too much.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Department of Geography
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:13
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/380

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