The dietary and wellness supplements market might sound like a marginal export sector but it is becoming big business in the Middle East as the region embraces Western lifestyle choices.
The United Arab Emirates will soon launch a space mission to Mars, the first such endeavour undertaken by an Arab nation. The idea is to put an unmanned module in orbit around the red planet in time for next year’s 50th anniversary of the UAE.
The University of Birmingham in Dubai will next year open a purpose-built campus for 2,900 international students, three years after welcoming the first entrants to its Middle East outpost. Birmingham, a world top-100 university and a member of the UK’s elite Russell Group, is one of the latest international entrants to a growing higher education
Prices of foodstuffs and other essentials in the Tehran bazaar and markets across Iran have risen sharply in the past year as the Islamic Republic faces one of the deepest economic crises in its 40-year history.
Saudi authorities this year issued smart IDs to a few of the 2.5 million Muslims attending the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca to test a potential new way to ease visits to the holy sites.
When it comes to acquiring computing skills, the Jordanian government believes in starting early.
When the Hollywood action blockbuster Black Panther opened at a brand new multiplex in Riyadh a year ago the show was a sellout.
On a once barren stretch of desert east of Cairo, Chinese engineers recently oversaw the pouring of a five metre thick concrete base for what will be Africa’s tallest tower.
It would be fair to say that Egypt’s Amr Diab is not a household name outside the Middle East, save for the households of a few dedicated music aficionados.
Growing numbers of middle class college graduates in Cairo have come up with a novel solution to the challenge of making ends meet in a high unemployment, low income economy. They are setting up fast food stalls on the city’s streets.
As temperatures rose to record levels in hot, parched regions of the Middle East and North Africa this summer, the United Nations issued a call for urgent action to safeguard the livelihoods of millions in the Arab states facing extreme risk from climate change.
The United Arab Emirates has become a byword for rapid growth and economic transformation as skyscrapers mushroomed, shopping malls sprawled and artificial islands rose from the waters of the Gulf.