Category Archives: Middle East

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

Man Proposes Towing Icebergs to Middle East to Solve Water Crisis

Man Proposes Towing Icebergs to Middle East to Solve Water Crisis

For decades, many people around the world have looked at icebergs and thought, “What if?” What if icebergs could be dragged north through the world’s oceans? What if those millions of frozen gallons of fresh water could be melted into drinking water for arid, water-starved places? The dream of converting icebergs into drinking water never… 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

What You Need to Know About Poverty in Afghanistan

What You Need to Know About Poverty in Afghanistan

As a result of decades of conflict in Afghanistan, the majority of the country’s population is struggling with issues stemming from poverty. Years of instability have left many Afghans insecure about food and basic resources, as well as prospects for the future. According to The Borgen Project, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to fighting… 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

The Water Crisis in Qatar – Problems and Solutions

The Water Crisis in Qatar – Problems and Solutions

Like many countries in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region, Qatar is facing a serious water scarcity problem. This crisis is the result of many contributing factors. Among these are the nation’s meager sources of fresh water (mostly rainfall and groundwater) and its high level of water consumption. Read on to learn more about… Continue Reading