For those interested in learning more about planning for sustainability in the Middle East, my recommendations below.

The list is selective rather than exhaustive and is regularly expanded as I go through my own learning journey – suggestions and comments welcomed!


The State of Arab Cities (2012), UN Habitat

Research, policy, news

Arab Forum for Environment and Development



Environment Agency Abu Dhabi

‘Green’ guidelines and rating systems

Estidama, Pearl Rating System (Abu Dhabi)

EGBC Guidelines for Retrofitting Existing Buildings 

GSAS (Qatar)


Amman: The City and its Society

Arabic-Islamic Cities

Dubai Amplified

The Evolving Arab City: Tradition, Modernity, and Urban Development

Urban Design in the Arab World



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