Middle East

March 20, 2012, 7am PDT
Nate Berg reports on the new findings published by a team of Harvard researchers looking to uncover the genesis and shape of the world's first cities in "the Cradle of Civilization."
The Atlantic Cities
February 18, 2012, 7am PST
Over the past two years, German funding and Israeli philanthropy led to the construction of solar installations for Palestinians living in "Area C" in the West Bank. Now Israel says the panels are illegal and wants them demolished.
Spiegel Online
January 25, 2012, 2pm PST
Abu Dhabi today reaffirmed its commitment to completing the long-delayed project to build a $27 billion cultural and tourism project known as Saadiyat Island.
The New York Times
January 12, 2012, 1pm PST
There might be something to the analogy, opines Blair Kamin, when comparing the building's star status to its contribution to the urban setting.
Chicago Tribune
December 28, 2011, 1pm PST
Adjacent to the U.S. Embassy, a five-star Marriott hotel designed to withstand bombings may serve as a "security bubble" once opened in February 2013.
NPR
December 13, 2011, 5am PST
A German led initiative called 'Desertec,' aims to provide 15% of Europe's electricity by 2050 through a vast network of solar and wind farms stretching right across the MENA region and connecting to Europe via direct current transmission cables.
The Guardian
November 8, 2011, 12pm PST
In Dubai, the Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world. But it shares one problem will all skyscrapers in Dubai - there is no central sewage infrastructure to accommodate the waste they produce.
Boing Boing
November 2, 2011, 11am PDT
A long-standing Congressional ban on U.S. funding for any U.N. agency that recognizes Palestine will mean a $60 million hole in UNESCO's budget in the wake of its decision to admit the nascent state.
Green Prophet
October 28, 2011, 10am PDT
Joel Epstein says it was "nothing short of a miracle" that Jerusalem's Red Line light rail opened this year.
Jewish Journal
October 25, 2011, 6am PDT
Tripoli Airport and Misrata hospital are the first specific projects to be named, as western governments begin to release frozen assets to the National Transition Government (NTI) and international corporations spot an opportunity.
Building Design
October 4, 2011, 2pm PDT
The Dubai Executive Council has approved the Dubai Urban Development Master Plan 2020, and will establish a 'Supreme Urban Planning Council,' to streamline the process.
Constuction Week
September 28, 2011, 12pm PDT
Israel has announced the approval of 1,100 housing units to be constructed in occupied East Jerusalem, which is claimed by the Palestinians as their future capital.
Al Jazeera
September 28, 2011, 8am PDT
Amid the backdrop of Mahmoud Abbas' application for Palestinian statehood, Jesse Fox critiques the Israeli premier for his antiquated plan to fast track sprawling suburban developments into Israel's rapidly diminishing open spaces.
Sustainable City blog
September 2, 2011, 9am PDT
With high scores in five broad categories, Melbourne, Australia received the highest spot in livability rankings from The Economist's research unit.
TheCityFix.com
August 14, 2011, 9am PDT
The Israeli announcement that 1,600 more housing units would be built in occupied East Jerusalem is causing a diplomatic crisis.
Globe and Mail
July 26, 2011, 2pm PDT
The revitalization master plan for two older neighborhoods in Abu Dhabi includes creating "new roads, clinics, schools, police stations and neighborhood centers" and making them easily accessible to residents.
The National
July 20, 2011, 9am PDT
A proposed 20-mile bridge would span the Red Sea to connect Egypt and Saudi Arabia -- connecting Arab states and reducing reliance on land passage through Israel.
Der Spiegel
July 4, 2011, 11am PDT
The center of protest in Yemen's capital city of Sana'a has turned into a massive tent city, with more than 4,000 tents and a variety of services, public spaces and pop-up industries.
Der Spiegel
July 1, 2011, 9am PDT
Abu Dhabi has released a new 20-year plan. It planners argue that it will be flexible enough to withstand changes in the global economy, should they come.
Times of Oman
June 26, 2011, 5am PDT
A preliminary deal has been signed to construct a high-speed rail linking Baghdad to a southeastern city Basra.
BBC News