Urban Oman: From Modern to Postmodern Mobility in Muscat?

  • Maike Didero RWTH Aachen
  • Aysha Farooq
  • Sonja Nebel
  • Carmella Pfaffenbach
Keywords: modernity, postmodernity, urban, Oman, Muscat, mobility

Abstract

In our contribution, we discuss how modern types of urban structures and mobility have developed in Muscat, Oman. With regard to mobility practices, we argue that a transition from modern to postmodern types of mobility will be closely related to the transition from a car-dependent society to a society with options for multi-modal and smart mobility as well as new organizational forms. We raise the question to what extent specific social groups are disadvantaged by the existing mobility system. Furthermore we explore if current plans will turn the future mobility system into a more postmodern and more inclusive one.

Author Biographies

Maike Didero, RWTH Aachen

Maike Didero is a social geographer interested in migration studies and urban geography with a focus on North Africa and the Middle East. Together with Carmella Pfaffenbach, she is principal investigator of the research project “Urbanization and Everyday Mobility in Muscat, Oman”, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

Aysha Farooq

Aysha Farooq is an urban planner. She is an alumna of GUtech, Muscat and RWTH Aachen University. She has worked as a research assistant in the DFG-funded research project “Urbanization and Everyday Mobility in Muscat, Oman”.

Sonja Nebel

Sonja Nebel is an architect and urban planner focusing on Middle Eastern cities. In the last few years, she has been teaching urban planning and architectural design at GUtech, Muscat and the TU Berlin. She contributed as a senior researcher to the above-mentioned project.

Carmella Pfaffenbach

Carmella Pfaffenbach is a social geographer interested in migration studies and urban geography with a focus on North Africa and the Middle East. Since 2007, she has been working as a full professor at RWTH Aachen University and is head of the Department for Cultural Geography.

Published
2019-06-25
How to Cite
Didero, M., A. Farooq, S. Nebel, and C. Pfaffenbach. “Urban Oman: From Modern to Postmodern Mobility in Muscat?”. Middle East - Topics & Arguments, Vol. 12, no. 1, June 2019, pp. 87-98, doi:10.17192/meta.2019.12.7929.