Development drivers of the water-energy-food nexus in the Gulf Cooperation Council region

This article analyses water, food, and energy security in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries using the water-energy-food (WEF) nexus approach. The innovative focus is on identifying past and future development-based drivers of water-energy-food integration in the region. The study presents a critical review of WEF nexus in the Gulf region and identifies links to sustainable development in this area. It concludes that integrating water, energy, and food resources within the nexus is crucial for GCC nations to accomplish resource security and sustainable development.

Ammar Abulibdeh, Esmat Zaidan & Mohammad Al-Saidi

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Cultural-based challenges of the westernised approach to development in newly developed societies

Urban theorists and policymakers are increasingly recognising the importance of integrating culture into urban development models. This article provides a critical assessment of Dubai’s integration of cultural planning in its approach to tourism development. It argues that western-influenced modernisation has side-lined indigenous creative resources in the pursuit of a cosmopolitan urban vision. Rapid urbanisation and westernisation of Dubai define and redefine the approaches for tourism development. The article suggests that embracing more culturally focused tourism plans may socially sustain local community and identity affected by rapid modernisation and westernisation in newly developed modern societies such as Dubai.

Esmat Zaidan (2019) Cultural-based challenges of the westernised approach
to development in newly developed societies, Development in Practice, 29:5, 570-581, DOI:
10.1080/09614524.2019.1598935

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Modeling ground access mode choice behavior for Hamad International Airport in the 2022 FIFA World Cup city, Doha, Qatar

The Hamad International Airport (HIA) in Doha, Qatar is the only international airport operating in the country. The airport was officially opened in 2014 to function as the engine of the country’s economic growth. Due to the anticipated high passenger demand of this airport, especially to account for the 2022 FIFA World Cup and in support of Qatar National Vision (2030), it is important to analyze, model, and evaluate the current and future airport ground access and traveler’s modal choice. As such, the aim of this study is to analyze the current HIA ground access mode choice characteristics and users, examine the importance of introducing the Doha Metro to airport mode choice, and identify the preference of air travelers for this new mode. A revealed- and stated preference face-to face interview survey was conducted at the airport to collect data related to trip and user characteristics. Quantitative and qualitative methods were used to analyze the data. Binary logit mode was used to the current access mode choice, and a multinomial logit model was used to model the future access mode choice after introducing the Doha Metro. The models results showed that current and future access mode choice is significantly affected by the trip and socioeconomic characteristics of the HIA users.

Esmat Zaidan , Ammar Abulibdeh
Department of International Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences, Qatar University, Qatar
Department of Geography, College of Arts and Social Sciences, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman

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Analysis of factors affecting willingness to pay for high-occupancy-toll lanes: Results from stated-preference survey of travelers

This study examines the feasibility of implementing high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes in a Middle Eastern country to obtain an improved understanding of such a policy and how it may affect the behavior of travelers in this region. This study focuses on the relationship between travelers’ willingness to pay (WTP) for HOT lanes and different factors, such as traveler characteristics and trip conditions. A combination of the stated preference and revealed preference surveys was used to collect data, and the analysis is based on approximately 6000 responses. Urgency, speed, and distance are three trip conditions that were utilized to determine drivers’ WTP to use HOT lanes to avoid congestion. The influence of various traveler characteristics on drivers’ WTP was also examined.
The results indicated that WTP decreases as trip conditions improve. Furthermore, the analysis revealed that drivers’ WTP to avoid congestion is affected by their income, trip frequency, nationality, and number of vehicles owned.

Ammar Abulibdeh , Esmat Zaidan,
Department of Geography and Urban Planning, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, United Arab Emirates University, United Arab Emirates
Department of International Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences, Qatar University, Qatar

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Empirical analysis of the implementation of cordon pricing: Potential impact on travel behaviour and policy implications

The main goal of this study is to investigate the feasibility of implementing cordon pricing as a mitigation policy to curb traffic congestion in Abu Dhabi Island. Two research objectives are identified to address the research goal. First, this study examines the impact of cordon pricing on commuters’ travel behaviour based on their socioeconomic characteristics. Second, this study investigates commuters’ willingness to pay to escape congestion on the roads of the city of Abu Dhabi. A stated preference survey was used to gather data, and the analysis was based on 6054 responses. Multinomial logit modelling, chisquare test, and one-way ANOVA were used to assess the impact of cordon pricing on commuters. The results of this study show that the respondents have a slight intention to reduce their auto use by driving less or changing to other modes of transportation. Toll charges are found to be an important factor that would trigger some income groups to change their travel behaviour because of the additional burden and cost to their daily trips.

Ammar O. Abulibdeh , Esmat A. Zaidan, Khaula A. Alkaabi
Department of Geography and Urban Planning, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, United Arab Emirates University, United Arab Emirates

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