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Abstract

During the last decade, many cities in the Middle East have experienced dramatic forms of urban change in response to the new world order and what is referred to as "globalization". Global flows of capital, people, and knowledge and information began to reshape the economic, social, and political structures of cities across the region. This study investigates the role of global knowledge and information flows in shaping development in Doha during the era of globalization. It focuses on the hubs or places that have the capacity of triggering flows from the global domain to the local context. These hubs are classified into three main types: 1) Micro places of flows which are small hubs that connect a local context to the global domain. They perform individually and spontaneously with minimum regulations. They also don't feature any forms of coordination. Homes, offices and cafes exposed to global flows of information via internet and satellite channels fall under this category. 2) Intermediate scale places of flows which feature more intense agglomerations of global flows than micro hubs. They perform in a relatively more regulated and coordinated manner and are usually run by institutions or organizations. 3) Mega places of flows which are hubs that host very intense and massive scales of global flows. They are usually very specialized and regulated. Besides, they require huge investments which make them a feature of rich cities. These three types of hubs play a significant role in intensifying flows of knowledge to Doha. This study maps and analyzes these three types of hubs of knowledge flows in the city. It presents a comprehensive documentation of these hubs in order to highlight their contribution to the city.

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2012-10-01
2020-03-29
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