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Traditional Arabian Marketplaces in Context : A Comparative Study of Souq Waqif in Doha, Qatar and Souq Mutrah in Muscat, Oman

Tannous, Heba Osama

Titre : Traditional Arabian Marketplaces in Context : A Comparative Study of Souq Waqif in Doha, Qatar and Souq Mutrah in Muscat, Oman

Auteur : Tannous, Heba Osama

Université de soutenance : Qatar University

Grade : Master of Science (MS) in Urban Planning and Design 2020

Résumé
This study presents a comparison of form and function for two traditional markets within their metropolitan regions on the Arabian Peninsula : Souq Waqif in Doha, State of Qatar, and Souq Mutrah in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. Rapid urbanization and globalization characterize both cities over the previous half-century. Doha and Muscat possess strong similarities in terms of historical origin as coastal settlements. A clear contrast is topography. Flat terrain characterizes Doha. Mountainous terrain characterizes Muscat. The study will explore the dynamic relationship between urban morphology, land use, and social function to better understand the nature and impact of urban changes on the use and experience of these souqs as public spaces today. The research applies several representational techniques common to morphological research including space syntax. The findings reveal the complex nature of these souqs as traditional markets. Understanding better their form and function in their urban context is an important first step for enhancing them in the future

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