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The city can’t focus on being “number one” without a robust framework for comparison, Dubai’s Aisha Miran says.
Brendon Bosworth March 28, 2017
As displaced people increasingly head for cities, humanitarian actors have started providing shelter solutions for them alone. Here's why that won't work — and also what would.
Roger Guiu and Nadia Siddiqui February 27, 2017

Many residents of Egypt’s sprawling capital would rather place a small home-delivery order than brave the heat and traffic, the New York Times reports. 

September 6, 2016

Gleaming cities such as Dubai and Abu Dhabi stand in stark contrast to old city centers in the region that are scarred by war and decay, Places Journal says. 

July 15, 2016

The gleaming hilltop metropolis of Rawabi, now home to 250 families, could serve as a template for other new cities in the region, the AP reports. 

June 22, 2016

Dubai, Doha and Tel Aviv are among the cities embracing sensors, mobile apps and smart meters, the World Economic Forum reports. 

March 4, 2016

A prolonged garbage crisis sparked by closure of a Beirut landfill prompted residents to toss their rubbish in the open, CNN reports. 

February 29, 2016
The New Urban Agenda can “drive implementation of the Paris climate agreement”, one official said as the UAE hosted a thematic meeting on energy.
Simone d'Antonio January 29, 2016
Dubai Habitat III forum warns that even the most luxury-minded countries need to offer a spectrum of housing options to remain globally competitive. That could offer a significant market for the real-estate industry.
Gregory Scruggs January 26, 2016

Qatar’s capital is luring satellite campuses of some of the most prestigious universities from the United States, the Washington Post reports.

December 16, 2015

Women were allowed to vote in Saturday’s elections but they didn’t turn out in big numbers, NPR reports.

December 15, 2015

The ‘heat dome’ effect could threaten human survival in parts of the Persian Gulf region, Green Prophet reports. 

November 9, 2015

Mayor Rubik Danilovich is on a mission to transform this Israeli desert outpost into a beehive of innovation and entrepreneurship, Forbes reports. 

October 16, 2015
Entrepreneurs without offices already love libraries for the free Wi-Fi. At 'The Library', they get much more than that.
Gregory Scruggs October 16, 2015

Preservationists are dusting off historic buildings to highlight the city’s rich architectural heritage, NPR reports. 

September 15, 2015

The planned city of 100,000 aims to offer low-cost energy and telecommunications services delivered by the municipality, the Times of Israel reports.

September 2, 2015

Solar-powered man-made trees in Dubai can charge electronic devices and connect people to the Internet without drawing from the power grid, according to the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

August 31, 2015

These energy-efficient cities-in-miniature can include housing, offices and even food production under one roof, Good reports. 

August 3, 2015

A museum exhibition in Holon, Israel, explores creative ways to add shade to urban public squares, the Times of Israel reports. 

July 31, 2015

A Cairo-based design lab says the city should make greater use of the public spaces in its secluded alleyways, UrbanAfrica.net reports. 

July 15, 2015

Abu Dhabi’s newest police car is designed for high-speed chases, the Daily Mail reports. 

July 8, 2015
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