Dozens of project proposals were submitted for the first ever Doha Prize for Economic Innovation. Out of almost fifty applications from across the region, a group of twelve finalists were chosen to present their ideas and projects to a group of seven judges at the 9th Enriching the Middle East's Economic Future Conference. All twelve finalists showed outstanding commitment to addressing key social and economic problems within the MENA region, but five stood out for their depth of impact and the long-term sustainability of their projects.Read More
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A personal account of how my family and many others like us have been unfairly caught in the cross-hairs of sanctions while the international community inches toward a nuclear deal with Iran (or not). What can you do when your government’s sanctions abroad have a biting sting at home?Read More
Kurdistan ramps up its oil exportation with a new pipeline to Turkey; Baghdad retaliates by attacking companies that have purchased "illegal" Kurdish oil. As the conflict becomes increasingly heated and multilateral, Iraq and semi-autonomous Kurdistan must deal directly with one another before the conflict ignites the region.Read More
The path to gender equality in Saudi Arabia is fraught with obstacles, but things are changing in the ultra-conservative Kingdom in recent years as new forms of activism are arising on the international and domestic level.Read More
Despite their rich oil resources, the countries of the Gulf region are determined not be left behind in the rush to develop renewable energy and sustainable technologies. But are "sustainable cities" such as those under construction in Abu Dhabi and Dubai the most effective and efficient method?Read More
Despite the uncertainty in the Middle East, entrepreneurship and innovation is rapidly gaining traction in the region. With strong support from accelerators, investors, non-profits, and universities, there is a lot to expect from "Silicon Wadi" in the coming years.Read More