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World cities to add 2.5bn more by 2050: UN

More than half of the world's seven billion people live in urban areas, with the top "mega cities" - with more than 10 million inhabitants - being Tokyo, Delhi, Shanghai, Mexico City and Sao Paulo, according to a UN report on Thu

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Summit to explore strategy for sustainable cities

Leading urban planners will meet to put in place strategies to ensure regional cities maintain wellbeing and growth at a conference to be held in Dubai from October 8. The three-day Future Cities Summit will take place alongside C

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85pc of GCC population to reside in cities

More than 45 million people – about 85 per cent of the total estimated population -- are expected to reside in GCC cities by 2020, the United Nations has estimated.   The latest revision of the World Urbani

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Alwaleed eyes world's big cities for mile-high tower

Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal says he is looking at the world's largest cities, including Shanghai, Moscow, London and New York, as possible locations to build a mile-high skyscraper that would

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New York, London, Singapore ‘most competitive’

New York, London and Singapore ranked first, second and third in competitiveness, out of 120 of the world’s major cities, according to a new Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) research report. Released today, the report commissioned by Citi

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Saudi aims to ease burden on cities

Saudi Arabia plans to implement a new strategy to achieve all round development of the kingdom and resolve the problem of congestion and overcrowding in major cities, a senior official said. The key is to ease the burden on major cities an

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Go ahead for new cities in Bahrain

Bahrain's Housing Ministry was yesterday given the green light to build new cities across the kingdom. His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa ordered work on the mega schemes to proceed, giving priority

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Refugees in cities ‘raising risk of tensions’

Half of the world's 10.5 million refugees are living in urban centres, driving up living costs and increasing the risk of tension with local populations, the UN refugee agency said on Monday. Antonio Guterres, the UN High Commissioner

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Region 'remains attractive for construction firms'

The GCC and the Middle East continue to represent critical and strategic market opportunities for construction firms around the world, says a report. "The region has become a test bed for cutting-edge concepts, and the world is watching th

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