International Conference: Urban Primacy and Traditional Urban Fabric in Sultanate of Oman

The urban primacy is one of the distinct features of contemporary urbanization since the last century. It has profound economic and social transformations in cities particularly on their traditional urban fabric. Several studies at various spatial levels, local, regional and global has been directed to investigate the phenomenon. These studies have focused on the causes of Urban primacy as well and it impacts, the aim was to find out mechanisms to mitigate the negative effects of urban primacy particularly on the traditional urban fabric and secure sustainability. Future conditions of cities and their transformations in current global dynamics are also on the core focus of these studies.  Accordingly this conference, which will be held in the Sultanate of Oman in response to both local and global concerns to deal with this significant issue and highlights the need to intensify the studies that deal with urban primacy. It is quite evident that the reality of the cities in the Arab region in general, and in the Gulf region in particular have gone through major Scio-economic and demographic transformations in last four decades, which reinforces the need to study urban primacy thoroughly.

  • To identify the effects of urban primacy on the traditional urban fabric of Oman.
  • To display  the regulations and policies that regulate  the effects of urban expansion on the historic environment in Oman, specifically architectural heritage.
  • To measure the impact of the development and housing plans on the traditional urban fabric of Oman.
  • To examine societal changes associated with urban primacy as well as cultural and social impacts.
  • To examine the role of rural urban migration on  the emergence of urban primacy and shrinking of traditional rural settlements
  • To illustrate the effect of the economic growth of cities on the local economies in rural areas, and their implications for Weaving a traditional urban
  • To exploring the future of the traditional urban fabric of Oman and sustainability in light of changes resulting from the urban domination.


First Theme: The reality of Urban Primacy

  • Urban primacy and community Cultural identity
  • Urban primacy and internal and external migration
  • Urban primacy comparative case studies 

Second Theme: Impacts of Urban primacy on:

  • Urban fabric
  • Urban style
  • Urban and economic development
  • Traditional Architectural forms
  • Cultural heritage  tourism
  • Material and Non-material heritage
  • Cultural and social components of the communities


Third Theme: Ways to preserve the traditional urban fabric

  • The future  and sustainability of the traditional urban fabric under  urban primacy situations
  • Successful experiences of dealing with and controlling  urban primacy
  • Successful Practices in urban development sustainability  at the local, regional, and international level


Fourth Theme: Laws and legislation  that regulate  urban planning

  • The role of the laws and legislation in regulating urban growth
  • The role of the laws and legislation in the weakening  of urban primacy


  • Abstracts submission deadline 20 April 2017
  • Abstracts submission deadline (after extension)  30 April 2017
  • Acceptance notification 7 May 2017
  • Acceptance notification  11 May 2017
  • Full research submission deadline  1 August 2017
  • Approval of accepted research and sending invitations 3 September 2017
  • Conference 23-24 October 2017

General Conditions

  • Originality and innovation and direct connection  with Conference themes
  • Participation should not have been published or presented in previous seminars and conferences

Submission format

  • Language Fond  Simplified Arabic (14) for Titles and (12) for text
  • Total words  ranging  from 5000 to 8000 including including references, images, figures and tables.
  • Scientific Committee is entitled to apologize for not accepting any papers that do not meet the conditions specified

Research Paper Content

Submitted papers should include:

  • Two abstracts: Arabic & English. 
  • The abstract should not be more than 200 words.
  • Five keywords in both languages
  • Introduction: That include the theoretical framework and literature review integrated into the body and provided without A separate sub-heading
  • Research problem, objectives and questions
  • Significance of the study
  • Study frame and limits
  • Methodology and  procedures including Study population and the sample, and study tools, and procedural definitions as well as  procedures and  methods of data analysis
  • Results and discussion include the results of the analysis with a discussion
  • References
  • Annexes, if any


  • Read carefully Participation Guidelines from the above link carefully
  • Download Registration Form
  • Fill in the Registration Form
  • Send the Registration Form to 

Both Arabic and English 

Tel:  (968) 2414 5851
Fax: (968) 24413953

Omani Studies Center
P.O. Box 54, Postal Code 123
Sultan Qaboos University Al Khoud,
Sultanate of Oman