Yasser Elsheshtawy | Home & Belonging in Dubai

Yasser Elsheshtawy | Home & Belonging in Dubai

10 November 2015 | 19:00 | A4 Space Cinema Room

Associating transience with rapidly urbanising urban centers in the Gulf such as Dubai is common among many observers, critics and even residents. The word evokes an environment that does not encourage formation of any kind of place of attachment; a numbing sameness and anonymity pervading its urban spaces. Yet while this maybe true on the surface a closer look will reveal a certain defiance by city residents who are able to carve out a space of their own which in turn gives them a sense of identity and belonging.

This talk examined the presence of such sites in Dubai in various neighbourhoods and districts, such as Satwa, Karama, Qusais and Al Quoz. Their presence should reframe the discussion on Dubai as a transient space, and make the discourse more nuanced and realistic.