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When the Oryx takes off : Doha a new rising knowledge hub in the Gulf-region?

Conventz, Sven and Thierstein, Alain and Wiedmann, Florian and Salama, Ashraf M. (2015) When the Oryx takes off : Doha a new rising knowledge hub in the Gulf-region? International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development, 6 (1). pp. 65-82. ISSN 2040-4468

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Abstract

With accelerating pace in the past years, Qatar has strategically pushed forward its economic diversification. According to Qatar's long-term development vision, the knowledge-economy is taking a key role within this economic diversification process and the transformation of its capital into a regional as well as global service hub. This paper aims at identifying emerging knowledge-based patterns that drive the Qatari space economy. We apply a research concept that brings together two different scientific angles: relational economic geography and physical urban development aspects. The results indicate first a subsidiary role for the Qatari knowledge intensive firms within the Gulf region; second their predominant connectivity patterns to Europe and South-East Asia; third as a distinct lack of urban amenities and qualities for knowledge workers.