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Availableonlineatwww.sciencedirect.comScienceDirectEnergyReports6(2020)114–121www.elsevier.com/locate/egyr7thInternationalConferenceonEnergyandEnvironmentResearch,ICEER2020,14–18September,ISEP,Porto,PortugalGulffuturisticcitiesbeyondtheheadlines:UnderstandingtheplannedcitiesmegatrendMohammadAl-Saidia,∗,EsmatZaidanbaCenterforSustainableDevelopment,CollegeofArtsandSciences,QatarUniversity,Doha2713,QatarbDepartmentofInternationalAffairs,CollegeofArtsandSciences,QatarUniversity,Doha2713,QatarReceived22October2020;accepted23October2020AbstractCitiesoftheGulfCooperationCouncil(GCC)regionhaveharbouredimpressivearchitectureconveyingmodernityandaffluence.GCCcountriesareincreasinglyreshapingthefaceoftheirurbanareasthroughthedevelopmentoffuturisticplannedcities.Thesecitiesarecompetingforlabelsthatshowdesigninnovationsandenergy-efficienttechnologies.Thispapergoesbehindtheheadlinesandself-labelling,andcomparestheregion’smajorplannedcitiesintermsofthenatureoftheurbandevelopmentmodels.Itproposesatech...