Exploring the Significance of Resilience Qualities in the Context of the Middle East Built Environment

Mohammed M. Al-Humaiqani, Sami G. Al-Ghamdi*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Despite applying green urban development concepts and technologies to uphold legacies, the resilience of the urban built environment (UBE) remains a significant challenge. A robust system with high flexibility to climate change can withstand different climate variations with the lowest possible degradation of its performance indicators. An urban system could be designed to be responsive, absorptive, and adaptive to the potential shocks and stresses and utilized to meet particular needs that help rapidly restore the system’s functionality. This paper reviews the major impacts of climate change and investigates the resilience challenges to the cities in the Middle East (ME) from the perspective of resilience qualities. The findings of this study indicate that many cities in the ME are projected to suffer from severe climate change impacts. However, there is an argument that there is still room to develop the necessary risk management plans and invest in building resilient infrastructure and utilities. Considering the resilience qualities and strategies of the built environment components and urban infrastructure can result in robust, flexible, redundant, resourceful, inclusive, and integrated systems. The paper identifies directions of needed work to improve the adaptation of the built environment to climate change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEnvironment and Sustainable Development - Proceedings of the 2022 7th Asia Conference on Environment and Sustainable Development
EditorsKeiji Ujikawa, Mikio Ishiwatari, Eric van Hullebusch
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9789819941001
StatePublished - 2023
Event7th Asia Conference on Environment and Sustainable Development, ACESD 2022 - Kyoto, Japan
Duration: Nov 4 2022Nov 6 2022

Publication series

NameEnvironmental Science and Engineering
ISSN (Print)1863-5520
ISSN (Electronic)1863-5539


Conference7th Asia Conference on Environment and Sustainable Development, ACESD 2022

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd 2023.


  • Climate change impacts
  • Middle east
  • Resilience qualities
  • Urban built environment
  • Urban resilience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Information Systems


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