Wolfgang Grulke When is a city not a city?

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.
Posted: 29 July 2008 at 00:00

Wolfgang Grulke What they are officially...

Here are the official definitions:

Kuwait is offcially The State of Kuwait. Kuwait City serves as its political and economic capital.

Qatar is officially The State of Qatar, its capital is Doha.

Dubai can either refer to an emirate (one of seven) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), or that emirate's main city, sometimes called "Dubai city" to distinguish it from the emirate.

Hong Kong and Macau are Special Administrative Regions of China.

Singapore is officially the Republic of Singapore, an island country located at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. Sometimes regarded as today's classical 'city-state'.
Posted: 29 July 2008 at 00:00

Wolfgang Grulke The party's over for Dubai...

"Local banks are in trouble and property prices have crashed...with property and tourism making up half of the economy...the party's over..." Sunday Times 30 November 2008.

Read more here: http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/economics/article5257874.ece
Posted: 30 November 2008 at 11:48

Doug Vining RE: The party's over for Dubai...

Laid-Off Foreigners Flee as Dubai Spirals Down - NY Times http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/12/world/middleeast/12dubai.html?_r=3&partner=rss
With Dubai’s economy in free fall, newspapers have reported that more than 3,000 cars sit abandoned in the parking lot at the Dubai Airport, left by fleeing, debt-ridden foreigners (who could in fact be imprisoned if they failed to pay their bills). Some are said to have maxed-out credit cards inside and notes of apology taped to the windshield.
Posted: 16 February 2009 at 07:07

Doug Vining RE: The party's over for Dubai...

And now the debt can't be paid. The dangers of artificial demand. "I told them so," says @justinspratt referring to a telling blog post from Dec 2007. http://www.sandboxsavant.com/2007/12/everyone-talks-about-dubai-as-this.html
Posted: 27 November 2009 at 11:22

Doug Vining Qatar rising

"Qatar on the Cusp
By bringing its vast gas reserves to the world, and turning gas into liquid oil, the tiny emirate is making some investors forget all about Dubai" - BusinessWeek
Posted: 23 March 2010 at 07:31

Wolfgang Grulke Hong Kong snaps at London's financial heels

Posted: 24 September 2010 at 11:59

Anton Musgrave Any bets on Hong Kong for HSBC?

Denying the rumors will no doubt hurt in the coming months. The market forces are clear...and regulatory environment in the UK is too stifling, especially when it comes to bonus time so I guess its only a matter of time before the rumor is confirmed.

How do cities, Governments and Nations remain competitive, investor friendly and also fair to society as a whole? NO different for business actually...equitably balancing often competing stakeholder interests best is what sets the great businesses apart from the mediocre ones. But then one does need a compelling dream to create the context for the debate. Without a compelling story no business will thrive...as will no country! Survive maybe...but to thrive is the goal!
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Posted: 7 March 2011 at 01:19

Doug Vining Will Dubai survive?

It takes more than money to make a successful global finance and trade centre. I think Dubai is losing this battle. On the other hand, Dubai will probably always be there, just as Las Vegas will endure, even if you don't like it very much.

A.A. Gill describes in cutting prose the extent to which Dubai is culturally bankrupt. But as long as the oil flows, it will never be financially bankrupt. What is the future of Dubai?
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Posted: 15 March 2011 at 11:32

Wolfgang Grulke World's Most Innovative City?

Quick, name your top 5! One of our clients, the Urban Land Institute together with the Wall Street Journal and Citi have just announced the results of their study. You will be surprised!
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Posted: 8 August 2013 at 17:13

Doug Vining Police car of the future

The New York PD has recently invested in a prototype hi-tech police cruiser called a "smart car" but what really interests me is that this is part of an initiative called NYPD2020 - a forward looking program to be relevant in the future.

I wish more government departments and agencies had the future in mind, instead of just the next election!
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Posted: 27 December 2013 at 15:18

Doug Vining Will cities rule society?

Eight years ago we published a MindBullet highlighting the increasing importance of the city as a business and economic entity in its own right. Here's an interesting column by futurist Thomas Frey on the Rise of City Power:

"Today there are roughly 498 metro areas in the world with over 1 million residents. According to the Martin Prosperity Institute, the world's top 100 cities alone generate half of the world's total economic output.

The world population has experienced continuous growth since the end of the Great Famine and the Black Death in 1350, when it stood at around 370 million. As recently as 1800, only 3% of the world population lived in cities. By 2011, that number had risen to over 50% and projections show the urbanization trend will climb to over 70% by 2025.

Cities have a disproportionate impact on global science research and innovation. They are often home to top colleges, government institutions, and research facilities. As in other fields, top researchers are drawn to cities for the opportunities to associate and collaborate with other leading scientists and institutions."

Read more: http://www.futuristspeaker.com/2013/01/the-rise-of-city-power/
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Posted: 20 April 2016 at 07:50
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