Middle East

December 3, 2009, 2pm PST
Istanbul, a unique "hinge city" at which East and West intersect, has seen its population possibly quadruple in the last 30 years. This video offers an exploration of its uninhibited potential.
Monocle
Feature
December 3, 2009, 5am PST

The booming desert city of Dubai had ridden high in recent years, but the downturn in the economy has stalled the ambitiously expanding city.

Christopher Corbett
December 2, 2009, 7am PST
Economist Ed Glaeser explains what went wrong in Dubai World.
The New York Times
November 30, 2009, 12pm PST
After years of spectacular growth and even more spectacular architecture, the city state of Dubai is facing crushing debts and has requested a 6-month "standstill" on its repayments.
Huffington Post
November 30, 2009, 10am PST
New plans have been released by Gensler that show a proposed expansion of the holy city of Mecca.
The Architect's Journal
November 30, 2009, 5am PST
Last week, officials in Qatar inked a deal with Germany's Deutsche Bahn to develop local and high-speed rail links at an estimated cost of $25 billion.
the transport politic
November 22, 2009, 11am PST
An architect, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer and four civil engineers from Iraq have taken over the base planning for the U.S Army's Basrah base, a small city with electrical, sewage and water systems as well as ongoing construction.
Red Bull Release
November 18, 2009, 12pm PST
Sarah Lazare and Clare Bayard visit Israeli-controlled Hebron and find the city marred by barbed wire, barriers and homes and shops sealed with concrete and metal.
Dialogues Against Militarism
November 18, 2009, 6am PST
With its rich history and wealth of artifacts, palaces, and natural beauty, some wonder if tourism could help Iraq to recover.
BBC News Magazine
November 12, 2009, 9am PST
A former Beirut resident returns to the Lebanese city to find a vibrant and emerging tourist destination, but with many of the quirks of a developing country.
The Guardian
November 11, 2009, 1pm PST
Photographer Dustin Aksland spent four days in Dubai taking pictures of the spaces in-between the buildings, where construction workers rule.
GOOD Magazine
November 11, 2009, 8am PST
Construction has begun in Riyadh, capital of Saudi Arabia, on its new light rail system.
Arab News
November 6, 2009, 5am PST
While a number of mega retail developers crashed and burned during the recession, some smaller developers have thrived.
Retail Traffic Magazine
November 3, 2009, 10am PST
This piece from <em>The New York Times</em> looks at the role of private gardens and public-facing landscaping in the city of Baghdad.
The New York Times
October 28, 2009, 7am PDT
With closed borders and a military lockdown on all imports and exports, the Palestinians of Gaza rely on a network of smuggling tunnels to obtain goods.
Time
October 16, 2009, 5am PDT
With barely a third of its metro stations in operation, there is some doubt over whether Dubai's metro will be a success.
The Christian Science Monitor
October 15, 2009, 12pm PDT
While other nations work to fight climate change and cut oil consumption, Saudi Arabia thinks they should be guaranteed compensation for the fall in revenue.
The New York Times
October 14, 2009, 12pm PDT
In order to cope with the Israeli blockade, millions of dollars have been invested in tunnels between Gaza and Egypt. Israel has bombed many of them. Now investors want their money back.
BBC News
October 12, 2009, 11am PDT
A TIME reporter attempts to pay a visit to The World, the collection of manmade islands off the coast of Dubai that has gone from dream to disappointment in the economic crisis.
Time
September 28, 2009, 1pm PDT
The World, the artificial islands being constructed off the coast of Dubai in the shape of a global map, has been officially canceled.
The Times