Category Archives: Construction

These 2 Remarkable City Projects in Kuwait Will Amaze You

Kuwait is one the smallest countries in the Middle East, but also one of the most oil-rich. The country spans an area of just under 7,000 square miles with a population of about 3 million. The country’s robust oil reserves have provided it with a high global ranking in terms of per-capita wealth. Much of… Continue Reading

4 Automated Transit Projects in the UAE That Will Amaze You

4 Automated Transit Projects in the UAE That Will Amaze You

Public transportation is an important part of infrastructure development in the Middle East. In addition, it is a relatively new concept in the region, where the first mass transit system started in Dubai in 2009. Historically, many countries have focused on road development rather than subways or trains. The Middle East has a rapidly growing… Continue Reading

5 of the Top University Campuses in the Middle East

5 of the Top University Campuses in the Middle East

Universities are a vital part of a community’s social infrastructure. They lead to a more educated and prosperous population, resulting in more rapid growth of the economy and democracy. Many universities in the Middle East are experiencing a revival, with increasingly modern research facilities, well-designed buildings, and expanded facilities. Moreover, in recent years there has… Continue Reading

What You Need to Know about Wind Power in the Middle East

What You Need to Know about Wind Power in the Middle East

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is pursuing a variety of renewable energy resources beyond solar. In 2015, almost 953 megawatts (MW) of wind energy was added to the region’s capacity. Wind power has shown steady growth in MENA; the cumulative wind power capacity for the region is 3,489 MW. Currently, a handful… Continue Reading

4 of the Top Clean Energy Projects in the MENA Region

4 of the Top Clean Energy Projects in the MENA Region

Countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region are investing heavily in renewable energy infrastructure projects to harness the power of the sun and wind. Some of the largest investments are in solar energy parks. Here are four of the region’s most ambitious solar energy projects: 1. Noor 1, Morocco Noor 1 is… Continue Reading

6 of the Most Impressive Ports in the Middle East

6 of the Most Impressive Ports in the Middle East

Cargo ports are a vital type of infrastructure because they connect a country to the rest of the world and allow for import and export of cargo via ships. Container ships are measured by their Twenty Foot Equivalent Units, or TEUs. A ship’s TEU indicates how many 6-meter containers it can carry. This standardized unit… Continue Reading

What You Need to Know about the Mosul Dam

What You Need to Know about the Mosul Dam

For centuries, the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers have shaped life in Iraq and the entire Middle East, creating a fertile, green area in a region where this kind of environment is uncommon. However, these vital waterways often provided too much water (resulting in flooding) or too little water (leading to drought). When countries north… Continue Reading

6 Malls in the MENA Region That Will Amaze You

6 Malls in the MENA Region That Will Amaze You

While the term “infrastructure” often brings to mind roads and bridges, it actually refers to a broad category that includes a number of subgroups. One might be surprised to learn that malls—all shopping centers and stores, in fact—qualify as infrastructure in the category of commercial facilities. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has… Continue Reading

5 of the Top Man-Made Islands in the Middle East

5 of the Top Man-Made Islands in the Middle East

The Palm Islands of Dubai are most certainly not the only artificial islands in the Middle East. Expanding the coastline by constructing islands is a common practice throughout this area and a trend that has resulted in a variety of exciting infrastructure projects along the Gulf Coast. The Pearl-Qatar, Doha, Qatar A 985-acre artificial island… Continue Reading

5 Ways Qatar Is Preparing for the World Cup of a Lifetime

5 Ways Qatar Is Preparing for the World Cup of a Lifetime

In 2010, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, or FIFA, announced that the 2022 FIFA World Cup would be held in Qatar. Held every four years, the FIFA World Cup is the world’s largest single-sport competition. Qatar will be the first Middle Eastern country to host the event. The opportunity to host the FIFA World… Continue Reading