2017 Volume 5 Issue 3 Pages 39-52
Urban development in the Arabian Gulf region has been remarkable within a relatively brief period. The urban expansion of Arabian Gulf cities includes many multi-story housing projects of urban form is influenced by those built in Europe during the post-World War II period of reconstruction. According to the literature, these types of urban forms in Europe are associated with a number of social problems concerning the health of some residents, antisocial behavior by youth and some types of crime. The aim of this research is to investigate the presence of social problems in the Gulf housing projects that embrace urban forms similar to those built in Europe. The study shows that some social problems such as vandalism are present in some projects. Thus, further research is recommended to determine the extent of existing problems and provide guidelines for new development.