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The six volumes of A heritage of the Crusades will stand because the definitive background of the Crusades, spanning 5 centuries, encompassing Jewish, Moslem, and Christian views, and containing a wealth of knowledge and research of the historical past, politics, economics, and tradition of the medieval international

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The impact of modern architecture was discussed in January 1996 along with the development phenomenon that marks the urban planning of Abu Dhabi. This is based upon a continuous planning process that commenced in the late 1960s. The comprehensive master plan for Abu Dhabi, and a regional plan for the UAE, enabled the master plan for al ‘Ayn to be consolidated within the latter. The idea to tie in al ‘Ayn in an integral plan with Abu Dhabi had been suggested at an earlier stage. However, this was abandoned in favour of two separate master plans.

This clearly includes the nuances of closed and open spaces within the plan while the fabric of the enclosed oasis, existing on the edge of the city’s urban centre, remains so well secluded on the exterior and generously revealing on the interior. Several mosques off the main streets have been preserved, and one local café has been constructed in the traditional ‘arïsh palm fronds in the main square. A single car may travel into the shaded empty lanes comfortably. The original housing of al ‘Ayn developed in mud brick and ‘arïsh around the oasis, while the forts and ˙ußn, constructed out of mud brick, were inhabited by the 35 029 UAE 01 BNCities 36 12/15/05 1:57 PM Page 36 THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES shaykhs.

The shell structure, set against the Arabian Gulf, shows the north-facing entrance in the foreground and the accommodation wings to the south surrounding the garden 43 029 UAE 01 BNCities 44 12/15/05 1:59 PM Page 44 THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES island joining the main route south towards al ‘Ayn and Dubai. Apart from being an appropriately secluded location that belonged to the Ministry of Defence, the choice of site was also determined by its proximity to the army’s general headquarters.

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