Category Archives: Middle East

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

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

5 of the Most Amazing Hospitals in the Middle East

5 of the Most Amazing Hospitals in the Middle East

Hospitals and medical research centers are the most important kinds of infrastructure for any community. The buildings, both public and private, demonstrate a country’s commitment to taking care of its citizens. In the Middle East, there are a number of ongoing and completed medical projects. Here are a few of the most notable ones. Jaber… 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 of Iran’s Most Beautiful Bridges, Old and New

6 of Iran’s Most Beautiful Bridges, Old and New

Bridges are a very symbolic and effective form of infrastructure. They represent connection, progress, and accessibility. The Middle East has a number of remarkable bridges, but Iran has truly set itself apart with the design and multitude of its bridges within the confines of a small country. In the Iranian city of Isfahan alone, 11… 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