Date of Award

Spring 5-3-2023

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Ghulam Ahmad Nadri

Second Advisor

Allen James Fromherz


Seaport development in western India and the Arabian-Persian Gulf during the late 20th century experienced a momentous change. Driven by external catalysts and internal priorities, seaports jockeyed for position and advantage in an era of increasing globalization. The ports of this maritime region had the potential for intensive growth. The legal, business, and government structures of these ports shaped the strategies and pathways of development. This thesis addresses the seaport development paths taken by the Surat/Mundra port cluster located on the northwestern coast of India, Salalah and Duqm ports on the coast of Oman, and the United Arab Emirate port of Dubai, on the southern coast of the Arabian- Persian Gulf. It explores the similarities and distinctions of strategies and pathways to development and their evolution to the Seafront Industrial Complex or Seafront Complex status.


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