Regional Updates


U.A.E. women lead the way in traditionally male-dominated industries

In the U.A.E., a new generation of highly skilled manufacturing experts has emerged – and it is women that are leading the way. Many have now entered historically male-dominated industries, such as aero-structure manufacturing, engineering and oil and gas because the empowerment of women is high on its agenda. The U.A.E. government is aiming for More…


Bike-sharing launched in congested Beirut

Lebanon launched a bike-sharing program in its capital Beirut, hoping to cut down on the congested city’s notorious traffic and pollution. The scheme aims to eventually allow users to rent and return bicycles at 25 automated stations distributed across the city. For now, a single station is operating in central Beirut, with limited cyclist lanes More…


Trash inspires designers

Recycled and upcycled projects were in abundance at Beirut Design Week, the second such event held since Beirut’s so-called trash crisis began in 2015. Construction waste was 3D printed into tiles, plastic was recycled into an immersive installation, and used coffee grounds turned up in home accessories during the event, as designers spoke about working More…


Medics in pink: Dubai launches women-only ambulances

Four women in pink remain on standby 12 hours a day, seven days a week, to come to the aid of their “sisters” in the Gulf emirate of Dubai. The four — two medics and two drivers — are leading a pilot project for a women-only pink ambulance service that aims to expedite medical care More…


Kidpreneurs summer camp

Entrepreneurship is the choice and future of many young people. Learning the basics of it from an early age would help the youth in their careers in the long run. In its second edition, Kidpreneurs summer camp was held by Sirdab Lab in July to graduate a new generation of young minds, ready to create and innovate. More…

UAE Food bank

Food for all, with love from UAE

Authorities rolled out the UAE Food Bank project with Dubai Municipality opening the first food bank off Al Khail Road in Al Quoz. Announced by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai in January, the UAE Food Bank project aims to reduce food More…

Remotely working in Oman

Minister’s decision makes working remotely easier for employees in Oman

Minister of Commerce and Industry in Oman, Dr. Ali bin Mas’oud Al Sunaidi, has issued a ministerial decision concerning regulations relating to Remote Work through “Invest Easy” portal. The decision for Remote Work aims to enable employees of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) to complete work outside their work place, either at home, More…

A Syrian man pushes an iron cart loaded with solar panels in the rebel-held town of Douma, on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on June 7, 2017.
The iron cart loaded with solar panels makes for a strange sight on the streets of Syria's besieged Douma, but the makeshift generator is helping local residents secure water. Douma lies outside Syria's capital Damascus, in the rebel stronghold of Eastern Ghouta, and has been under a suffocating government siege since 2012.
 / AFP PHOTO / Hamza Al-Ajweh

‘Solar panel on wheels’ brings water to besieged Syria town

Solar panels on wheels make for a strange sight on the streets of Syria’s besieged Douma, but the makeshift generator is helping local residents secure water. Residents have had no electricity for four years, relying instead on generators for everything from lighting to refrigeration. However, generator fuel is expensive and increasingly rare, which is where the solar panel generator More…

Saudi PE for girls

Saudi Arabia approves physical education program in girls’ schools

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Education (MoE) has approved a physical education program at girls’ schools starting in the coming academic year. Education Minister Ahmed Al-Issa issued a decree, under which classes will be gradually implemented starting in the 2017-2018 school year. The move is linked to the goal of boosting sporting activities among all members of Saudi society, More…