Category Archives: Construction

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.… Continue Reading

How Afghan Roadways Are Leading to Surprising Progress

How Afghan Roadways Are Leading to Surprising Progress

The history of Afghanistan is long and illustrious – in fact, it is the geographical home to some of the most ancient civilizations known to man. Archeologists suggest humans lived in Afghanistan at least 50,000 years ago, and some of the world’s earlier farming communities were established there. And between 3000 and 2000 BCE, the… Continue Reading

The Surprising Ways Education in Afghanistan Is on the Rise

The Surprising Ways Education in Afghanistan Is on the Rise

While Afghanistan has faced a great deal of political and social turmoil over the past few decades, it has still been able to achieve considerable progress in educating its citizens. In fact, some might even call Afghanistan an educational success story. Only 21 percent of children in the country were enrolled in primary school (grades… Continue Reading

How Afghanistan Is Poised for a Tech Revolution

How Afghanistan Is Poised for a Tech Revolution

Some a little forward movement is all you need to start a larger trajectory toward progress. In the case of Afghanistan, a country struggling to overcome years of warfare, this statement is particularly true. Diminished over three decades of conflict and instability, the country’s telecommunications infrastructure was almost completely destroyed. Just over a dozen years… Continue Reading

A Look at the Web of Cables That Connects Our World

A Look at the Web of Cables That Connects Our World

One of the primary components of telecommunications infrastructure is fiber optic cable. Nearly all of the world’s international data travels through 350 undersea cables stretching more than 550,000 miles. Almost every nation on earth is connected by this fascinating feat of engineering that powers the Internet, telephone systems, and cable television. What Is a Fiber… Continue Reading

What You Need to Know about Facebook and Telecom Infrastructure

What You Need to Know about Facebook and Telecom Infrastructure

Building telecommunications systems—the physical equipment that carries data like text messages and Facebook posts from device to device—is no easy task, as one might imagine. The development of telecom infrastructure is a complex, expensive, and time-consuming process. A Brief Intro to Telecom Infrastructure A telecommunications network can be broken down into three categories: access, backhaul,… Continue Reading

A Look at the Remarkable Growth of Egypt’s Energy Infrastructure

A Look at the Remarkable Growth of Egypt’s Energy Infrastructure

Several years ago, Egypt experienced a terrible energy crisis. In 2013, for example, the country only produced 24,000 megawatts of electricity—much less than the 29,000 megawatts it needed. In 2014, the demand for power dwarfed supply by more than 15 percent, leading to nationwide blackouts lasting multiple hours several times a day. Not only did… Continue Reading

A Look at 6 Incredible Mosques in the MENA Region

A Look at 6 Incredible Mosques in the MENA Region

Mosques are a prevalent form of religious architecture throughout the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region. While many of these structures date back more than 1,000 years, there are also some newer mosques that demonstrate impressive craftsmanship. Here are a five of the most beautiful mosques in the MENA region: Great Mosque of Mecca, Saudi… Continue Reading

5 Remarkably Sustainable Buildings in the MENA Region

5 Remarkably Sustainable Buildings in the MENA Region

Infrastructure in the MENA region has taken a sustainable turn in recent decades. Green buildings have become a priority for both developers and the public, as is evidenced by these five energy-efficient and sustainable structures. King Abdullah University of Science and Technology The King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia’s capital… Continue Reading

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