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THE SCHEHERAZADE SYNDROME: Fiction and Fact in Dubai’s Quest to Become a Global City
Architectural Theory Review (2010)
  • Clara Irazabal, Columbia University
  • Alamira Hashim
  • Greta Byrum
Publication Date
2010
Publisher Statement
Cities compete with each other for position in the global economy. Dubai has emerged as a leader in tactical deployment of narrative as a tool of urban branding. Its boosters draw upon the mythos of the exotic desert-city oasis, or suggest that Dubai is a neoliberal free-market development legend or a technoutopia in which human ingenuity conquers all obstacles. This article offers the tale of Scheherazade as a metaphor for discussion of the importance of storytelling in contemporary global urban marketing. The authors analyse Dubai’s mythic urban image and reveal the paradoxes of its fantastical development, uncovering its unsustainable and inequitable dimensions.
Citation Information
Clara Irazabal, Alamira Hashim and Greta Byrum. "THE SCHEHERAZADE SYNDROME: Fiction and Fact in Dubai’s Quest to Become a Global City" Architectural Theory Review Vol. 15 Iss. 2 (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/clara_irazabal/1/