Elsheshtawy, Yasser. Transitory Sites: Mapping Dubai’s ‘Forgotten’ Urban Spaces. Research Paper, UAE: UAE University.
Seeking to uncover a hidden side of Dubai, this paper investigates the cities forgotten urban spaces. Yasser Elsheshtawy is using a theoretical framework which responds to a shift in global city research, emphasizing the everyday, as well as transnational connections in which both the local and the global are closely intertwined. Yasser Elsheshtawy is arguing that such processes could be observed in these ‘forgotten’ settings. Utilized by Dubai’s low-income migrant community for the exchange of information as well as being a major gathering point. Through an analysis of users, their activities as well as the morphology of these spaces, Yasser Elsheshtawy is situating them within the overall development of Dubai. A key construct developed in this study and used as a unit of analysis is the notion of transitory sites – viewed as a main element in understanding migrant cities. The architectural and urban character of these sites is identified.