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ERIC Number: EJ771026
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Aug
Pages: 28
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-1063-0732
Development of the ICT Sector and Urban Competitiveness: The Case of Dubai
Keivani, Ramin; Parsa, Ali; Younis, Bassem
Journal of Urban Technology, v10 n2 p19-46 Aug 2003
The one common thread in all studies of globalization is the role of information and communications technologies (ICTs) in facilitating the advanced producer service, production, innovation, and knowledge function that have come to characterize the urban condition at the heart of this process. ICTs provide the instantaneous and real-time connectivity underpinning the main theoretical concepts used for analyzing and comprehending the globalization phenomenon. This article begins by setting the general framework of ICTs in urban competitiveness, examining this interaction in the context of Dubai, an aspiring global city in the Middle East. The article then divides into three sections. The first provides an overview of the local context of Dubai in terms of a brief review of its economic conditions and its position as a global city. This is followed by a more detailed examination of the development of the ICT sector in Dubai and its consequences for the city's urban competitiveness in the global economy. The final section offers conclusions. The article demonstrates that in spite of monopolization of telecommunications by one national service provider, the United Arab Emirates, and, by extension, Dubai have a highly developed ICT infrastructure. This is manifested in all three basic indicators examined in this article in terms of access, affordability, and quality. (Contains 7 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Arab Emirates