Category Archives: Infrastructure

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

These 5 Museums Will Make You Want to Go to the UAE Right Now

These 5 Museums Will Make You Want to Go to the UAE Right Now

Museums are an integral part of any community’s cultural infrastructure. Not only do museums attract tourists and provide entertainment for the local public, but they also act as a medium for cultural exchange. Art and other items of historical and cultural significance can be borrowed and traded among museums for temporary exhibition. Museums also provide… 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

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 the World’s Largest Oil Fields

What You Need to Know about the World’s Largest Oil Fields

Countries in the Middle East accounted for more than a quarter of the world’s oil production in 2014. The world’s biggest offshore oil field is operated by Saudi Arabia’s national oil and gas company, and the world’s second-largest is located in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Here is what you need to know about the… 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