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Dubai's socio-economic transformation between 1998 and 2008: the case of a rentier, developmental and competition state hybrid model

Paul Thompson
2015 Africanus Journal of Development Studies  
This article explores the relations between socio-economic development in modern Dubai with reference to a rentier developmental and competition state (RDC) hybrid model. A recent academic study on Dubai has shown that there is a positive correlation between the city's rapid socio-economic modernisation or transformation and a multipronged paradigmatic approach to development. Similar to other countries, the semi-autonomous city state of Dubai has used various ecosystems of integrated
more » ... ntegrated development plans to dictate the pace and direction of the city's development trajectory. The conclusion drawn in this paper is that there is no one path to development; the government of Dubai is cognisant of that and has thus used the capacity and resources of the state to transform the once impoverished and marginalised sheikhdom into a 'commoditised' prosperous city-corporate entity within a short period of time.
doi:10.25159/0304-615x/73 fatcat:6bqb5bvs6nc4zjgmcnlm6pzdsa