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Cairo CosmopolitanPolitics, Culture, and Urban Space in the New Globalized Middle East$
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Diane Singerman and Paul Amar

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789774162893

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774162893.001.0001

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From Dubai to Cairo

From Dubai to Cairo

Competing Global Cities, Models, and Shifting Centers of Influence?

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(p.235) 7From Dubai to Cairo
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Cairo Cosmopolitan
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Yasser Elsheshtawy

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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774162893.003.0008

It is interesting to observe that Cairo, in its drive to become a global city, is apparently drawing inspiration and precedents from a post-traditional center such as Dubai, which in turn is responding to, and is influenced by, larger global conditions and other global cities. This raises the issue of identity. This chapter argues that in a post-global world the concept of identity has been challenged. Examining these projects throws some light on changing notions of Egyptian identity in which its own heritage as well as those of others are used as “branding” devices to attract multinationals and in turn “globalize.” This is followed by an analysis of the case studies, as an example of a perceived reversal of influence which will entail an inquiry into their compatibility (or lack thereof) within an Egyptian context.

Keywords:   Cairo, global cities, Dubai, post-global world, identity, Egypt, branding devices

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