Category Archives: Energy

Flying Pods, Supersonic Trains to be Tested in Dubai

Flying Pods, Supersonic Trains to be Tested in Dubai

In 2016 Dubai’s government leaders announced an ambition plan: by 2030, one-fourth of all trips in Dubai would be driverless. At the time, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Ruler of the Emirate of Dubai, told a media outlet that he wanted Dubai to become “the world’s biggest laboratory for technology, research, and development.” In the ensuing… Continue Reading

Humanitarian Groups Help Afghans Affected by the Drought

Humanitarian Groups Help Afghans Affected by the Drought

The western region of Afghanistan is facing its worst drought in a decade, following several years of extremely low rain and snowfall. Some blame the lack of snow on the La Nina weather cycle in the Pacific Ocean, which resulted in rainfall totals that were 70 percent lower than usual. Wells have run dry, and… Continue Reading

Permaculture Projects Promote Sustainable Farming in the Middle East

Permaculture Projects Promote Sustainable Farming in the Middle East

Farming in the dry, arid Middle East is often a fight against nature. As populations have increased, resulting in more demand for food and higher water usage, innovative farmers and researchers are experimenting with alternative farming methods, including greenhouses and vertical farms. Permaculture, which is attracting interest across the Middle East, takes a similar tack.… Continue Reading

Renewable Energy Is Set to Overtake Fossil Fuels in the Middle East – What You Need to Know

Renewable Energy Is Set to Overtake Fossil Fuels in the Middle East – What You Need to Know

Long considered an epicenter of fossil fuel production, the Middle East is now leading the way in renewable energy initiatives. Whether it’s a college student club in Saudi Arabia focusing on sustainability or a petroleum company building a wind farm, representatives from sectors across the region are saying that the future is in renewable energy,… Continue Reading

Artificial Islands Allow Middle Eastern Countries to Expand

Artificial Islands Allow Middle Eastern Countries to Expand

Israel is running out of land for development, and Israeli officials are floating an idea for expansion that other small countries have successfully employed: building artificial islands. One of Israel’s biggest needs is a new airport, as the Middle Eastern country currently has only one major international airport, Ben-Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv. The facility… Continue Reading

This Is What You Need to Know about Vertical Farms

This Is What You Need to Know about Vertical Farms

Greenhouses have long been used to grow produce when the outside conditions aren’t conducive to farming. Middle Eastern countries face increasingly challenging conditions for agriculture, including productive land turning into desert, a lack of water, and harsh weather conditions. As a result, some entrepreneurs are trying an ambitious new type of greenhouse that could help… Continue Reading

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