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When is a city not a city?
Posted: 29 July 2008

Hong Kong, Dubai, Kuwait, Qatar, Singapore - what is the generic term for all these places? Are they 'City States'?

Clearly this is an evolving concept and we may well see a new word emerging when more and more powerful cities become the epitome of teh larger regions tehy inhabit.

Hong Kong and Macau are officially called 'Special Administrative Regions' and the government of HK is called 'Hong Kong SAR Government' - perhaps something like a 'CitiState' will evolve - some new term is certain to capture the imagination.

Ugly battles for differentiation: Kuwait wins
Dateline: 14 January 2015
Hong Kong's New Year celebrations were dampened by the news that Kuwait's Silk City had topped the financial services league to become "The #1 Global Financial Center". The mood in New York and London was as glum as the weather. Over the past five years the banking and financial sector in Kuwait has evolved to global standards at a pace that would have been unthinkable in the early 2000s. ...
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