Since ports throughout history handled an important kind of transportation, they may dominate the local economy of a coastal city.

The present day challenge, is the inability of most coastal cities, to absorb rapidly expanding port developments and population growth. The paper explains the development of city-port relationship. In order to develop a modelling framework to achieve the sustainable city-port connectivity, the study is based on theoretical and field work. Finally, the case study ‘Port Said’ city will be presented. The framework covers principles, which manage the sustainable city-port connectivity. Followed by conclusion and proposed recommendations for sustainable future developments.

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