The impact of rapid motorization and urban growth: an analysis of the city of Doha, Qatar

Azzali, Simona (2016) The impact of rapid motorization and urban growth: an analysis of the city of Doha, Qatar. The Arab World Geographer, 18 (4). pp. 299-309.

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Abstract

Since the 1990s, Doha, the capital city of Qatar, has experienced rapid urban growth along with rapid motorization, which together have created new opportunities but also important challenges for the Qatari government. Urban sprawl, lack of planning strategy, harsh weather, and an absence of public transport are some of the reasons that private vehicles dominate the city. This article discusses three of the main impacts of rapid growth and motorization—environmental problems, physical fragmentation of the city, and social impact—and analyzes the Qatari government's current efforts to resolve these problems. The article concludes that local policies should focus on two main areas of intervention: first, integrating land-use and transport planning; and, second, supporting a multi-modal approach to transportation (integrating different modes) that facilitates the shift from one option to another. Findings can be applied by extension to other major Gulf cities.

Item ID: 54622
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1480-6800
Keywords: Doha, transport planning, motorization impact analysis, Gulf region
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Funders: Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF)
Projects and Grants: QNRF GSRA1-1-1119-13007
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2019 01:43
FoR Codes: 12 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 1205 Urban and Regional Planning > 120508 Urban Design @ 40%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160514 Urban Policy @ 30%
12 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 1205 Urban and Regional Planning > 120506 Transport Planning @ 30%
SEO Codes: 87 CONSTRUCTION > 8701 Construction Planning > 870105 Urban Planning @ 100%
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