Muscat City Expansion and Accessibility to the Historical Core: Space Syntax Analysis

Noor Alkamali, Najwa Alhadhrami, Chaham Alalouch*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Expansion of cities is an international phenomenon that occurs mainly due to population growth. With the expansion of the new cities, the accessibility to the old cities might be affected. The focus of this research is on the governorate of Muscat in Oman and its old city, Greater Mutrah. Our aim is to investigate how the expansion of Muscat had affected the accessibility to the old city. This city was selected because of its inherent value in history, economy, and tourism in the country and the region. In order to understanding how the accessibility is affected in terms of vehicle movement, space syntax theory and its associated methodology -i.e. Axial Maps- is used. Using DepthMapX software, Integration radius 3 was calculated for the old city before and after the expansion of Muscat, and the data were analyzed statistically. The results showed that the expansion has positively affected the accessibility to the old city while altering the spatial structure within it. This paper contributes to interpret the spatial characteristics of the street networks and how these characteristics affect accessibility, and subsequently tourism attraction, to old cities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)480-486
Number of pages7
JournalEnergy Procedia
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventInternational Conference – Alternative and Renewable Energy Quest, AREQ 2017 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: Feb 1 2017Feb 3 2017


  • Accessibility
  • Axial Lines
  • Historical Core
  • Muscat
  • Mutrah
  • Space Syntax
  • Street Network

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Energy


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