January 4, 2010, 12pm PST
Burj Dubai (now renamed as the Burj Khalifa), the world's tallest building, opened today in Dubai. But with the recent credit crunch and economic recession, the extravagant monument to boom times sits mostly empty.
December 22, 2009, 6am PST
For more than 1,000 U.S. civilians being sent to Afghanistan to aid the nation's political and economic recovery, training starts in a small Indiana city where the Army and National Guard have built a mock Afghan city complex.
December 21, 2009, 7am PST
In this video, a seemingly spontaneous celebration of Hanukkah erupts in a normally sedate Jerusalem public space as masses of people demonstrate their dancing skills to the initial bewilderment, then delight of onlookers.
December 7, 2009, 11am PST
Huffington Post has put together a slide show highlighting the over-the-top architecture of Dubai.
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.
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.
December 2, 2009, 7am PST
Economist Ed Glaeser explains what went wrong in Dubai World.
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.
November 30, 2009, 10am PST
New plans have been released by Gensler that show a proposed expansion of the holy city of Mecca.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November 11, 2009, 8am PST
Construction has begun in Riyadh, capital of Saudi Arabia, on its new light rail system.
November 6, 2009, 5am PST
While a number of mega retail developers crashed and burned during the recession, some smaller developers have thrived.
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.
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.
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