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Esmat A. Zaidan

Professor
Department of International Affairs College of Arts and Sciences
Qatar University
Qatar

Biography

Her research interests focus on Her research interests focus on sustainable planning and development, more specifically in developing sustainable transportation systems and socio-cultural dimensions of sustainability in tourism planning. She has worked closely with development organizations, planners, and community members when conducting sustainability-oriented research in Toronto, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Doha in the following areas: cultural planning, societal implications and sustainable challenges of Dubai’s tourism development, community involvement in decision-making, emerging technologies in Tourism SMEs, resident attitudes towards tourists and tourism growth, travel behavior, implementation of cordon pricing in Abu Dhabi (sponsored by Research Office at UAEU), modelling of users’ ground access travel choice characteristics for Hamad International Airport in Doha (sponsored by Research Office at Qatar University).   , more specifically in developing sustainable transportation systems and socio-cultural dimensions of sustainability in tourism planning. She has worked closely with development organizations, planners, and community members when conducting sustainability-oriented research in Toronto, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Doha in the following areas: cultural planning, societal implications and sustainable challenges of Dubai’s tourism development, community involvement in decision-making, emerging technologies in Tourism SMEs, resident attitudes towards tourists and tourism growth, travel behavior, implementation of cordon pricing in Abu Dhabi (sponsored by Research Office at UAEU), modelling of users’ ground access travel choice characteristics for Hamad International Airport in Doha (sponsored by Research Office at Qatar University).  

Research Interest

Public Policy, Planning, and Development, sustainable planning and development

Publications

  • Zaidan, E. (2016). Tourism shopping and new urban entertainment: a case study of Dubai. Journal of Vacation Marketing, 22 (1): 29-41

  • Zaidan, E. (2016). Analysis of ICT usage patterns, benefits and barriers in tourism SMEs in the Middle Eastern countries: The case of Dubai in UAE. Journal of Vacation Marketing, doi: 10.1177/1356766716654515.

  • Zaidan, E. and Kovacs, J. (2017).Resident Attitudes towards Tourists and Tourism Growth: A Case Study from the Middle East, Dubai in United Arab Emirates. European Journal of Sustainable Development, 6 (1): 291-307

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