Rotterdam, 19 April – Al Manakh: Gulf Continued is an essential and comprehensive guide to the cities of the Gulf, penetrating media clichés and delving deep into the new challenges facing the region in the wake of the financial crisis.
A follow-up to the first installment of Al Manakh – made in the very different moment of 2007 – this 536-page book of interviews, travelogs, analyses, propositions, infographics and photography develops a unique inside-out perspective on the region. More than 140 contributors report from six cities in five countries (UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia) on the new connections being forged within the Gulf, and the new kinds of influence emanating from the region despite the bleak economic climate.
Guiding voices include editors Rem Koolhaas and Todd Reisz (OMA/AMO), Lilet Breddels and Arjen Oosterman (Archis/Volume), Daniel Camara and Mitra Khoubrou (Pink Tank) and Ole Bouman (Netherlands Architecture Institute).
Al Manakh: Gulf Continued explores the region in four themes: Crisis and Crises analyzes the events and responses of the Gulf to the economic crisis. Vision reveals the extent of the infrastructural plans, including connectivity, transport, energy and water. Cohabitation deals with the integration of culture in cities and the dynamics of urban living. Export Gulf illustrates how the Gulf is exporting not only products and urban models, but also social, political and economic influence.
Al Manakh: Gulf Continued uncovers the structures and networks beneath the stories and events of the past two years – the height of the boom, and the depths of the crash. The impact of the international financial crisis on the Gulf has changed the world’s perspective of the region. But the real dynamics are much more complex than generally perceived. In documenting the crucial transformations in the Gulf, Al Manakh: Gulf Continued develops a new, deeply researched and nuanced viewpoint on the tenacious growth of the Gulf region.