Future Proofing Gulf Cities
The Middle East’s Gulf states have long benefited from their considerable natural resources of oil and gas. This has provided the conduit for rapid economic development, while shaping the social contract of the region.
The impact of the region’s cities has been transformational; they have witnessed huge population growth and vast urbanisation, accompanied by among the highest energy consumption per capita in the world.
Now more than ever international pressures, such as the COP21 Paris Agreement and low oil prices, present significant challenges for the cities in the region.
Governments must meet the changing needs of their citizens in terms of housing, education, healthcare and employment, while maintaining sustainable economic growth and diversification to keep their cities competitive on the global stage.
The Gulf cities have well developed visions for their future growth and development, but questions remain about how best to turn these into reality.
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How do you deliver consistent city planning when much of the region’s governance structure is still relatively immature? How do you upskill a new generation of talented leaders to take on roles currently delivered by expatriate professionals? How do you build in flexibility and adaptability to the region’s infrastructure investments?
These are just a few issues faced here in the region and Atkins is currently in the process of applying its FPC methodology with GCC cities in mind, and will be launching our recommendations later in 2016.
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