Category Archives: Middle East

Middle East Searches for Innovative Solutions to Water Shortage

Middle East Searches for Innovative Solutions to Water Shortage

While the Middle East is rich in oil, the region is increasingly struggling with the lack of a more important natural resource: water. Changing climates, population growth, and desertification—the process by which fertile land becomes desert—have made water scarce. Experts acknowledge that there is no one solution and that multiple ideas and approaches will be… Continue Reading

You Need to Know about Saudi Arabia’s Transportation Investments

You Need to Know about Saudi Arabia’s Transportation Investments

The Saudi Arabian government is making a massive investment in urban infrastructure as the country prepares for unprecedented population growth in the next decade. The city of Riyadh, for example, which has grown relatively unhindered due to not having any real geographic boundaries, expects its population to increase from 6 million to 8 million by… Continue Reading

This Is What You Need to Know about Why Agriculture Experts Are Pushing for More Pistachio Orchards

This Is What You Need to Know about Why Agriculture Experts Are Pushing for More Pistachio Orchards

The soil and climate of Afghanistan are especially well-suited for pistachio trees, which grow wild in the region. However, many pistachio trees have died due to neglect, war, and drought, while many others have been cut down for firewood. Deforestation is another issue. However, experts hope that more pistachio trees can be planted across the… Continue Reading

What You Need to Know about Dubai’s New Harbor

What You Need to Know about Dubai’s New Harbor

A new cruise terminal in Dubai should significantly boost cruise traffic and tourism in the Middle East. Dubai already has a cruise terminal that regularly receives cruise ships, but the Emirate recently announced plans for a new terminal, expected to open in late 2020, that developers hope will create a “maritime hub” in the region.… Continue Reading

The Middle East’s New Architectural Wonders – What You Need to Know

The Middle East’s New Architectural Wonders – What You Need to Know

As Middle Eastern cities rise from the desert and economic growth facilitates new and innovative building design, architecture is becoming a means for the region to express its identity, culture, and relationship with history. Building design and urban growth in the Middle East can reflect the tension between historic preservation, how cities are responding to… Continue Reading

5 Trends That Will Affect Tourism in the Middle East

5 Trends That Will Affect Tourism in the Middle East

Developing a healthy tourism industry has been a longtime priority in the Middle East, and area leaders have called for strengthening infrastructure to better accommodate visitors. In 2007, the research group Global Futures and Foresight released a study looking at the implications of infrastructure development in anticipation of a growing tourist industry. At that time,… Continue Reading

Middle East Nations Turn To Renewable Energy to Meet Growing Demand

Middle East Nations Turn To Renewable Energy to Meet Growing Demand

While the Middle East has long been known as a major exporter of fossil fuels thanks to rich oil reserves, the region is also embracing renewable energy to provide cheaper, more efficient power to its people. As the population—and energy consumption—grows in the Middle East, innovative companies are challenging nations’ reliance on oil with large-scale… Continue Reading

Arab Nations Consider Regional Power Grid: What You Need to Know

Arab Nations Consider Regional Power Grid: What You Need to Know

Unreliable electricity was once a long-standing problem in the Middle East, particularly in the 1990s when random power outages were frequent, and customers never knew if or when they would have electricity. The GCC Interconnection Authority, which was established by six Middle Eastern countries in 2001, has led to significant changes in the way that… Continue Reading

This Is What You Need to Know about Rebuilding Efforts in Iraq

This Is What You Need to Know about Rebuilding Efforts in Iraq

While war has subsided in northern Iraq, officials say a new battle is beginning: that to rebuild the country. At a recent three-day donor conference in Kuwait, leaders met to discuss aid for Iraq, which officials believe needs about $88 billion to reconstruct schools, infrastructure, and other losses after years of conflict. While donors had… Continue Reading

Afghanistan Breaks Ground on Long-Delayed TAPI Pipeline

Afghanistan Breaks Ground on Long-Delayed TAPI Pipeline

A long-delayed pipeline that will cross four Asian countries broke ground in Afghanistan in late February 2018, signaling a significant development in regional cooperation and the economic future of Central Asia. The Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India pipeline, also known as TAPI, is a 1,814-kilometer pipeline that will transport about 33 billion cubic meters of natural gas each year… Continue Reading