From a proposed new “cloud hub” in Saudi Arabia to a project by Dubai to put blockchain at the heart of its so-called Silicon Oasis, Middle East governments are putting cutting edge technology at the heart of plans to transform their economies. The Saudis are even planning to build an entire new high-tech zero carbon
Harvey Morris has worked as a foreign correspondent, editor and columnist for some of the world’s most trusted news organisations, including Reuters, The Financial Times, The Independent and The International Herald Tribune. He has covered revolutions, wars, politics and diplomacy in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and North and South America. The main focus of his business journalism has been the energy sector, from covering OPEC in the 1980s to the consequences of the BP Gulf oil spill in 2010, More broadly he has been across business and finance as a Middle East regional editor and as an editor with the FT’s international companies desk.
Morris’s journalistic highlights have included on-the-ground reporting of the Iranian, Portuguese, Nicaraguan and Romanian revolutions. He reported from the frontlines of three Iraq wars, Argentina’s “dirty war”, the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon and two Palestinian intifadas. He is the author of three books on the Middle East, including the best-selling Saddam’s War. Morris graduated from Queens’ College, Cambridge with a degree in Modern Languages. An inveterate Londoner, he is now based back in the British capital after spending half his career abroad.