Conclusions. future of port geography in the developing world

Mina Akhavan*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This concluding chapter provides a critical review of the arguments discussed in the previous chapter of this book. The main statement of this book is that emerging port-cities in the GCC countries are becoming key players in the global system of ports while configuring commodity flows. Here, Dubai is used as an extreme case with a constant series of development stages that makes it today an important hub-port and logistics centre in the region. Attention is drawn to the success story of Dubai in developing into a global logistics centre, compared to Singapore as the world’s leading logistics hub; the role of government and its initiatives in sustaining competitiveness is highlighted. Against the trend in port-cities in the Western world, the results of the empirical study show that the relationship between the port and the city has not weakened but strengthened and more specialized throughput time.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameSpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology
ISSN (Print)2191-530X
ISSN (Electronic)2191-5318


  • Future research
  • Global logistics centres
  • Singapore
  • Western versus eastern port studies


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