Author Archives: Ehsan Bayat

What You Need to Know about the Gulf Railway Project

What You Need to Know about the Gulf Railway Project

A massive project underway in the Middle East could transform the region’s economy and transportation network. The Gulf Railway is a 2,117-kilometer railroad intended to link the six member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC): Oman, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait. Here’s what you need to know about this sprawling… Read More…

This Is How the Bayat Foundation Is Improving Public Health

This Is How the Bayat Foundation Is Improving Public Health

For over a decade, the Bayat Foundation has worked to provide Afghans with the opportunity to lead safe, healthy, and fulfilling lives. The nonprofit is dedicated to improving the quality of life for communities throughout Afghanistan by improving access to resources that further social development. It is the country’s largest private nonprofit dedicated to promoting… Read More…

Dubai: This Is the Surprising History of the World’s Tallest Building

Dubai: This Is the Surprising History of the World’s Tallest Building

Dubai is home to extraordinary history, innovative technology, and flavorful cuisine. It is also home to some amazing architecture, including the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa (Arabic for Khalifa Tower). Reaching a total height of 2,722 feet (and breaking all height records), the tower has instituted a new breed of high rise… Read More…

4 Megaprojects in Saudi Arabia That Will Amaze You

4 Megaprojects in Saudi Arabia That Will Amaze You

There are projects, and then there are megaprojects. For countries looking to upgrade their infrastructure and improve quality of life for their citizens, megaprojects are often required. By definition, they are large-scale, complicated ventures with costs exceeding $1 billion, so they usually take years to develop and construct, not to mention finance. Megaprojects are typically… Read More…

Yemen’s Infrastructure Challenges – What You Need to Know

Yemen’s Infrastructure Challenges – What You Need to Know

The recent civil war in Yemen has caused significant damage to key infrastructure—including health services, water supplies, and telecommunications—and left half of the population struggling to find the resources they need to survive. According to the World Bank’s Damage and Needs Assessment report, Yemen’s economic losses may be in the vicinity of $14 billion. One… Read More…

Revealing the Surprising Details of Kuwait’s Big Week

Revealing the Surprising Details of Kuwait’s Big Week

When it comes to infrastructure and spending, Kuwait has big plans for the next few years. Between housing, energy, and water projects, the emirate anticipates future improvements will cost about $15.6 billion, with projected housing development continuing until 2030. This plan, along with other government-sponsored projects to boost the economy, were the central discussion in… Read More…

3 Exciting Ways Iran Will Rediscover the Freedom of Travel

3 Exciting Ways Iran Will Rediscover the Freedom of Travel

As the second-most populated and the second-most well-funded country in the Middle East, Iran has significant potential for industry and infrastructure development – especially with the recent removal of international sanctions. While cut off from global trade and financial connection, Iran experienced underinvestment. This, in turn, put considerable strain on its aging transport system and… Read More…

What You Need to Know about Egypt’s Expanded Suez Canal

What You Need to Know about Egypt’s Expanded Suez Canal

In 2014, the expansion of Egypt’s Suez Canal was proposed as a way to attract more ships and boost international trade. Following extensive construction, the expanded Suez Canal debuted the following year. The New Suez Canal (NSC) project encompassed a massive seaport, fish farms, an industrial zone, and seven new tunnels between the three main… Read More…

A Look at 7 New Stadiums for World Cup 2022 in Qatar

A Look at 7 New Stadiums for World Cup 2022 in Qatar

Sports are not just about performance and winning—they are often used as a way to bring people together, create unity, and foster a healthy outlook on life. Sports draw people in and keep them engaged on many levels, mostly because they offer a degree of identity and community involvement. Perhaps this is why the announcement… Read More…

3 Solutions to Afghanistan’s Dire Water Crisis

3 Solutions to Afghanistan’s Dire Water Crisis

Decades of war have destroyed Afghanistan’s water infrastructure. Moreover, the institutions responsible for managing and delivering water no longer exist, thus leaving the nation unable to provide clean water to the majority of its citizens. Only 48 percent of Afghans today (and only 20 percent of people in rural areas) can easily obtain clean water.… Read More…