6 best Middle Eastern cities to visit for a staycation

January 18, 2016 3:29 pm0 comments
6 best Middle Eastern cities to visit for a staycation

In these days, when jet setting around the globe is becoming less popular due to environmental concerns, it’s worth remembering there are lots of fascinating destinations right here in the Middle East. Try a staycation! Just a couple of hours on a plane can take you to cities full of breathtaking sights, fascinating historic buildings and museums full of treasures. These are some of the best. Most of these cities rely on tourism dollars. Supporting the local economy of …

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Arab Civil Society Calls Arab Nations to Achieve 100% Renewable Energy

December 17, 2015 10:56 am0 comments
Arab Civil Society Calls Arab Nations to Achieve 100% Renewable Energy

While UN climate-conference delegates seek ways to cut world reliance on high-carbon fuels like oil, OPEC (the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) confirmed that it would keep producing oil at current levels, estimated in excess of 31 million barrels a day, despite prices that continue to plummet. Arab activists are on the case. Earlier this week activists gathered in front of the main plenary of the COP21 negotiations to express their frustration toward the current Saudi position and how the rest of Arab countries are following their lead at the climate talks underway in Paris. “Right now, in…

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Sowing the seeds of gardening-based change at Masdar City

December 14, 2015 2:13 pm0 comments
Sowing the seeds of gardening-based change at Masdar City

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Solar solution for saltwater stress

December 7, 2015 3:29 pm0 comments
Solar solution for saltwater stress

MENA is the most water-stressed region in the world. The top sixteen countries in the world facing shortages of renewable water supplies are those between Morocco and Oman, according to 2011 data from risk advisory firm MapleCroft. Crises have already hit Egypt, Oman and Jordan this year and Lebanon is feeling the pinch, despite torrential Autumnal rain, as both private tanks and municipal services run dry. Into this breach steps William Janssen (below).  The dutch entrepreneur left…

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MENA must push – NOW! – for 100% renewable energy

December 3, 2015 2:46 pm0 comments
MENA must push – NOW! – for 100% renewable energy

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) must keep pace with the rest of the world and push for a future fully powered by renewable energy, says IndyACT, the leading Arab non-governmental organization working on climate change policy. Dynamic change is taking place in the global energy sector, with renewable energy becoming mainstream in many countries, including MENA nations. Abu Dhabi’s concentrated solar power plant (CSP) Shams 1 has a 100 MW capacity and is the largest …

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Environmental group to launch ‘Say no to plastic bags’ campaign in Qatar

November 25, 2015 1:25 pm1 comment
Environmental group to launch ‘Say no to plastic bags’ campaign in Qatar

Lesley WalkerFor illustrative purposes only More than 100,000 biodegradable shopping bags will be given out to residents in the new year as part of a wider campaign to encourage greater environmental awareness in Qatar. The “Go Green” initiative is being launched by a local group that plans to take their message to popular venues such as Villaggio and City Center malls, Katara Cultural Village and locations around the Pearl-Qatar. Go GreenBiodegradable shopping bag Organizers also…

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UAE dumping yard turns into nature reserve

November 23, 2015 5:35 pm0 comments
UAE dumping yard turns into nature reserve

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Organic and proud: a healthy approach to farming in the UAE

November 6, 2015 1:54 pm0 comments
Organic and proud: a healthy approach to farming in the UAE

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Dubai launches Green Deal energy-saving campaign

October 27, 2015 3:52 pm0 comments
Dubai launches Green Deal energy-saving campaign

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Qatar school’s pilot rooftop garden yields unexpected fruit

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Qatar school’s pilot rooftop garden yields unexpected fruit

ISLQISLQ students at roof garden Students at an international school in Doha have put their green thumbs to use by establishing an unshaded rooftop garden that has flourished over the past months. The pilot project to grow food and flowers has been such a success that other schools are now being encouraged to try their hand at the idea, which unexpectedly bore fruit during Qatar’s fierce summer. The four students, who attend International School of London Qatar, have spent months …

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