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.
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
New York, London, Paris … Dubai. In the past decade the once sleepy Gulf port has overtaken the old triumvirate of favoured destinations for high-end consumers to top the list of global tourist spending.
Since the turn of the year, the people of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have been adjusting to a concept previously alien to their oil-dominated economies – tax.
Saudi Arabia last year abandoned a three-decade programme of wheat production that had turned it into one of the world’s top ten producers because the annual crop was rapidly depleting a much more vital resource: water.