In the journal, the author focuses on the law system in DIFC, which is a legal automony in Dubai. The policy and  legal framework of DIFC is based on British common law are introduced in detail. Then, the author explores deeply …

Strong, Michael, and Robert Himber. “THE LEGAL AUTONOMY OF THE DUBAI INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE: A SCALABLE STRATEGY FOR GLOBAL FREE‐MARKET REFORMS.” Economic Affairs 29, no. 2 (2009): 36-41. Read more »

In this paper, the author briefly introduces the past development in last century in Dubai and shed light on how the government policy such as the setup of free zones trigger the rapid growth in Dubai. Dubai’s phenomenal growth over the …

Matly, Michael, and Laura Dillon. “Dubai strategy: past, present, future.” Harvard Business School (2007): 1-20. Read more »

As mentioned in the other post, developed under the driven force of globalization, the architecture in DIFC becomes symbol of globalization in Dubai. Meanwhile, it’s also important to deal with the local climate and vernacular culture. Materiality is one of …

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Gate Building, designed by Gensler, is the very first building erected in DIFC in 2004. It’s designed to be the headquarters of the autonomous zone’s legislative, executive, and judicial Authority.The aim of the design is to set up a strong …

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In figure 1, we can see the old city center in the foreground and the new urban expansion in the background. The old town is in a natural and organic urban form with compact vernacular buildings. In the new urban …

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  As mentioned in previous posts, infrastructure construction in Dubai is one of the most significant factor in Free Zone Development. The main infrastructure construction includes Metro and highway network, Jebel Ali Port and Al Maktoum International Airport, which have …

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“Dubai’s location between the developed economies to the west and the emerging economies to the south and east make it a natural centre point for trade, global financial markets and transportation links.” —- Report: Middle East Free Zones of the …

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