Khaled Alawadi

Khaled Alawadi
Khalifa University | KU · Department of Engineering Systems and Management

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Everyday urbanism, a bottom-up planning approach, exemplifies the discourse in current planning practice through the lens of critical urbanism. This study uses morphological mapping, observation, and open- and closed-ended questionnaire responses to identify factors that facilitate everyday urbanism in a neighborhood in Abu Dhabi and offer an actio...
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The UN Human Development Report 2020 ranked the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as having achieved ‘very high human development’ and as being at the 31st position among all countries. Despite this, the ever increasing obesity rates among Emirati youth, higher than international standards, is alarming. This research aims at identifying how different perc...
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This article studies the efficiency of street networks of Neighborhood Planning Units. Pedestrian Route Directness quantified the NPUs’ efficiency. The sample includes ten Abu Dhabi NPUs built during two periods: pre-1990 and post-1990. Two scenarios are assessed. First, as-built streets are evaluated based on the PRD test. Second, PRD values of NP...
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Background: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is one of the developed nations in the middle-east with the obesity rate among the youth two to three times greater than the international standards. Therefore, this research aims to study the variation of perception of the built environment among Emirati male and female adolescents and their parents. Also...
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Although Abu Dhabi and Dubai have similar political and planning systems, the two cities’ neighborhoods feature different morphological layouts. Over the course of their formal progression, these neighborhoods have experienced erratic changes in pedestrian accessibility. This study uses traditional methods of cartography and land use mapping couple...
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The notion of an urban-suburban dichotomy is deep-rooted in the literature, which regularly denigrates suburbs and nostalgically glorifies urban centres. Meanwhile, suburbs have continued to dominate the urbanization process in many regions. This paper does not reject suburbs as an undesirable phenomenon but instead investigates how suburbs can be...
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Urban heat islands are characterized by the increased temperature in urban areas compared with the rural surroundings due to human-made interventions that replace natural lands with buildings and roads. This study focuses on the assessment and utilization of using local nature-based solutions such as trees, sensitive landscaping types and design st...
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Regarded as critical infrastructure for a city’s planning and design, pedestrian facilities are considered to be crucial to the health and economic well-being of a city’s inhabitants. This study assesses the walkable environment of two urban neighborhoods in Abu Dhabi’s main island. The research aims at providing the primary data required to facili...
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A key component of TOD planning is pedestrians’ access to transit stations. An often-underrated component of the urban fabric is alleyways. Alleys are largely neglected in assessments of walkability and network connectivity in TOD contexts. This paper examines the contribution of alleyways in enhancing the connectivity efficiency of twelve metro st...
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This study highlights the necessity of studying both streets and alleyways when assessing network connectivity efficiency. Taking Dubai as a case, the research evaluates eleven neighborhoods with different streets and alleyways systems designed during different growth periods. The focus is placed on the efficiency of different street layouts and ex...
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Behavioral research studies propose that urban open spaces contribute to enhance sociability in urban areas. The urban areas in the city of Abu Dhabi are less appealing to attract vibrant activity and social life. This study investigates the role of the built environment in the enhancement of neighborhood satisfaction and social capital in a reside...
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In this paper, superblocks are evaluated as local street systems with global implications, focusing on connections between superblocks and their ability to form extended areas of access. Superblocks' corners are examined as destinations for calculating route efficiency and distribution. Additionally, the extent of the accessible areas from the corn...
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Tracing the morphological evolution of Dubai’s built environment from the 1960s to present discloses two key neighborhood patterns. Earlier neighborhoods designed with the inception of Dubai’s urbanization are characterized by compactness, diversity and pedestrian-friendliness. Neighborhoods developed after 1980s tend to be sparse, massively expand...
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As an ambitious city aspiring to become a major contributor to and player in the global world, Dubai often tends to be endeared to and affected by grand-scale urbanism and skyscraper skylines. The recent practice of architecture in Dubai is replete with examples of architectural monuments and miraculous constructions. Whilst the architectural feats...
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There is a general perception that Dubai is built for the well-off. The construction of mega developments feeds a longstanding narrative that Dubai is solely a luxurious place. This study assesses this portrayal of Dubai and explores Dubai's residential landscape in terms of morphology and affordability. In particular, we ask: What are the differen...
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The study shows that native-born neighbourhoods occupy a large portion of Abu Dhabi’s landscape, with 55.2% of the total land designated for development. Even though 18% of the total Abu Dhabi’s population lives in these neighbourhoods, they consume 47.8% of total domestic electricity demand in 2014, or almost six times more than the average per ca...
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Neighbourhoods designed for Emirati citizens form more than 50% of Abu Dhabi’s urbanized land. As a result of planning strategies that neglect regionalism, these percentages are likely to grow in an unsustainable manner. This study traces these neighbourhoods’ morphological evolution towards the goal of identifying urban attributes that encourage c...
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This research surveys and compares the opinions of specialists, residents, and government officials on the feasibility of implementing compact forms in the development of Dubai neighborhoods. Results reveal that while experts and policy makers appreciate the virtues of density, Dubai’s citizens perceive density as a threat to their economic and soc...
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This paper describes how Dubai’s top-down redevelopment strategy affected residents of Sha’biyat Al Defaa’ and Sha’biyat Al Shorta, or Army and Police Colony, a densely aging Dubai neighbourhood. The article draws on an original ethnographic case study, including field observation, interviews with residents and local press reports. Findings show th...
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Dubai has been in the midst of a profound physical transformation, radically affecting the lives of residents and newcomers. Within US and European models of planning, the rapid change Dubai is experiencing calls for public involvement in charting the city’s future. However, Dubai’s neo-patrimonial governance concentrates planning decisions into th...
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This article tells the story of the transformation, partial demise, and unclear fate of a Dubai neighbourhood. Al-Satwa, a traditionally designed Dubai neighbourhood, demonstrates a kind of urban violence that is under-theorized in urban studies literature: the disruption caused by top-down redevelopment. This article describes two kinds of violenc...

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- Use the network analysis of Abu Dhabi and Dubai to engage in larger conversations related to urban form and street networks so that scholars and practitioners who work in other contexts can learn from the outcomes of this research. - Determine the directness and efficiency of streets designs and identify whether or not neighborhood lands are designated for appropriate uses that will maximize efficiency. - Understand which design factors create more efficient streets and land use systems that bring destinations closer to residences, thus facilitating greater local and global access. - Identify which designs for street systems and land use patterns should be enhanced and retrofitted to existing developments, which should be continued or encouraged in new developments, which should be revised or discontinued, and what new policies and design strategies could be adopted and implemented to maximize the sustainability of existing and new neighborhoods. - Integrate research with practice by providing clear, empirical guidelines that highlight the impact of design decisions on the formation of sustainable urban spatial structures. - Help public and private agencies formulate policies, set development objectives, and assess projects that affect the built environment and result in long-term costs.
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This project aims in its First phase to understand different urban fabrics that have evolved in the city of Abu Dhabi, compare and evaluate them. the following phase of the project will propose different sustainable typologies and recommendations to guide the planning policy in the city.