Beyond Dubai: Urban Development Trends in The Middle East
Al-Manakh is a magazine and book series that focuses on urban planning, sustainability, architecture and the future of cities in GCC countries.
Todd Reisz is part of the Al Manakh team focused on urban development in the Gulf region. The publication aims to look beyond the easy cliches of cities like Dubai to reveal how they are confronting the shifting global economic landscape. As editor of the recently release Al Manakh 2 Gulf Continued, Todd is an architect and writer focusing on cities in the Gulf region and his publication.
What is Al Manakh? What is your project dealing with?
Al Manakh is a project as well as a series of books that focus on the ongoing changes facing the cities of the Gulf, namely Dubai, Doha, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Manama and Riyadh. The books are schedule on a two-to-three-year schedule. So we likely won’t have a publication before 2012. However, the project is still alive. We are working to organize a conference in Saudi Arabia, in Jeddah and Riyadh, in 2011 about continuing the work we’ve started in Saudi cities. We’ve of course also been keeping our website active. Rory Hyde, a contributor to Al Manakh 2, and I have been maintaining a blog on the Huffington Post, which has increased our readership, especially in the United States. The Al Manakh project has captured more attention in Europe and the Middle East, and the Huffington Post has allowed us to introduce issues confronting cities in the Gulf region to a new audience.