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The city can’t focus on being “number one” without a robust framework for comparison, Dubai’s Aisha Miran says.
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An innovative urban renewal program in Israel provides students with low-cost housing in exchange for mentoring local children, Green Prophet reports. 

July 10, 2014

Istanbul’s rapid gentrification sparks complaints that new development caters to the rich at the expense of the working class, the Guardian Cities reports. 

July 8, 2014

An encampment in Jordan offers lessons for housing war refugees in settings that resemble cities rather than holding pens, the New York Times reports. 

July 7, 2014

The renovation of a much-needed city park in Beirut has sparked controversy over the private sector’s role in the project, Al-Akhbar reports.

July 3, 2014

The Desert Rose smart city in Dubai would use sewage water for irrigation and emphasize recycling, Emirates 24/7 reports. 

June 3, 2014

Despite efforts by Mediterranean cities to promote a cleaner environment, municipal and industrial waste is fouling the region, the Sustainable Cities Collective reports.

May 23, 2014

A city built from scratch in the United Arab Emirates will finally add homes in its quest to resemble a “real” place, Green Prophet reports. 

May 21, 2014

Government officials in Dubai want developers to add affordable housing to help make the city more inclusive, the Khaleej Times reports.

May 2, 2014

The United Arab Emirates is offering a million dollar prize for the best design of an urban drone, the AP reports. 

March 4, 2014

RFID tags in the bins collect data on how much refuse and recyclables were loaded, Gulf News reports.

January 16, 2014

Ready for an egg-shaped two-seater that hurtles through the city on a maglev track? It’s coming, reports World Architecture News.


January 14, 2014

With new energy standards in place, Dubai says it can become one of the world’s most environmentally friendly cities by 2020, reports The National.

January 3, 2014

Envisioned as a car-free paradise, the new city rising near Abu Dhabi is developing slower than its backers had hoped, Wired reports.

December 22, 2013

Egypt’s first technology park would provide office space, funding, legal guidance and oher support for tech startups, the Huffington Post reports.

December 19, 2013

The bulk of the region’s largest cities are in coastal areas and are particularly vulnerable to weather-related disasters, the World Bank reports.

November 25, 2013
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