A key aspect missing in the planning or sociology literature about the Gulf is the absence of the backlane as a typological entity in urban space. The backlanes of the cities have unique sub cultures with informal spaces not listed on Zomato.
I found plenty of eating places run by various communities which are lifelines, captured nowhere. These social interstices are voids within binaries framed by western intellectuals of the past, a future of futurists and a transitional labor force, which is more permanent transient.
Writing about the cities needs to have these archaic frames dismantled and written afresh. Where does Al Hamriya in Muscat and backlane ecosystems of Bur Dubai fit in these writing and photography of these spaces?