Category Archives: Technology

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

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

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