Category Archives: Infrastructure

These Innovative Greenhouses Help Farmers Grow Crops in the Desert

These Innovative Greenhouses Help Farmers Grow Crops in the Desert

Supplying food to desert regions where populations are increasing and water is scarce has become a significant challenge. Desert conditions, which can be extremely hot, windy, and bug-ridden, make growing most plants impossible. Greenhouses have long been a solution for growing produce in difficult climates, but they most often are used to keep plants warm… Continue Reading

What You Need to Know about Afghanistan’s Decade-Old Infrastructure Program

What You Need to Know about Afghanistan’s Decade-Old Infrastructure Program

As Afghanistan continues to address the negative effects of decades of conflict, recovery efforts are rebuilding and strengthening the country’s infrastructure. Ongoing conflicts have left many of Afghanistan’s rural residents without accessible, clean water, and irrigation systems have been decimated by bombing and shelling. Afghanistan’s mountainous terrain has sustained damage from war and weather, which… Continue Reading

Afghanistan’s Plans to Become a Transit Hub – What You Need to Know

Afghanistan’s Plans to Become a Transit Hub – What You Need to Know

Being surrounded by land can make economic progress especially difficult for developing countries. With no direct access to a port, landlocked countries can fall behind coastal neighbors that reap the significant economic benefits of maritime trade. Abid Amiri, a director in Afghanistan’s Ministry of Finance, recently published an essay about Afghanistan’s plans to overcome its… Continue Reading

Spotlight – Saudi Arabia to Develop Renewable Energy Projects

Spotlight – Saudi Arabia to Develop Renewable Energy Projects

Saudi Arabia has taken its first major step toward large-scale renewable energy with its announcement that the government is taking bids for the Sakaka utility-scale solar energy project. The project is part of the government’s proposal to generate more than 9.5 gigawatts of electricity a year from renewable sources. “The whole idea of this is… Continue Reading

Spotlight – How Are Egyptian Farmers Growing Food in the Desert?

Spotlight – How Are Egyptian Farmers Growing Food in the Desert?

Unchecked development along the banks of the Nile has taken over more than 90,000 acres of farmland since 2011, pushing many farmers into the desert. In addition, sewage and briny wastewater pumped into the Nile have made much of the country’s fresh water unusable. Realizing that traditional farming methods would use up the desert’s water… Continue Reading

How the Red-Dead Sea Plan Could Alleviate the Water Crisis

How the Red-Dead Sea Plan Could Alleviate the Water Crisis

A new project that will connect the Red Sea and the Dead Sea could help to alleviate the region’s water shortage and have a farther-reaching effect on Middle East relations. Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian Authority reached an agreement in July to build a 220-kilometer pipeline to carry water from the Red Sea, a seawater… Continue Reading

The Middle East Innovates in Response to the Growing Water Crisis

The Middle East Innovates in Response to the Growing Water Crisis

A set of complex conditions, including dwindling supply and skyrocketing demand, has led to a water shortage in many Middle Eastern countries. While water supply has long been an issue in this region, which is defined by desert landscapes and arid climates, increasing urbanization, improving quality of life, and population growth have magnified the problem.… Continue Reading

What You Need to Know about the Red-Dead Sea Pipeline Project

What You Need to Know about the Red-Dead Sea Pipeline Project

The Dead Sea lies on the border between Israel and Jordan. Known as the Salt Sea, this famous body of water isn’t actually a sea; it is a landlocked, or terminal, lake that gets the majority of its water from the Jordan River. Among the Dead Sea’s many notable attributes, its shoreline, which sits about… Continue Reading

Amazing Projects That Are Fixing Sewage in the UAE

Amazing Projects That Are Fixing Sewage in the UAE

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has a long history of problems with sewage. Some estimates report that sewage output in the emirate of Dubai is growing as quickly as 25 percent every year. The emirate’s rapid growth has officially outpaced the only national plant for treating sewage, which is many decades old. In 2008, Dubai’s… Continue Reading