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Oil Built Saudi Arabia – Will A Lack Of Water Destroy It?

Courtesy of The Guardian, a report on the water emergency threatening Saudi Arabia’s desert existence: Bottles of water twirl on the conveyor belts of the Berain water factory in Riyadh, as a puddle of water collects on the concrete floor. In a second warehouse, tanks emit a low hum as water brought in from precious underground […]

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A Saudi Water Crisis Lurks Beneath The Surface

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), analysis of Saudi Arabia’s water challenges: Though a desert land devoid of the abundant natural resources often needed for life to thrive, modern Saudi Arabia has always been capable of growth. The driver of this growth — hydrocarbons beneath the earth — mean that lower oil prices hurt the Saudi […]

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Privatisation and Renewable Energy in the Saudi Arabian Water Sector

Via Future Directions International, a look at the Saudi Arabian water sector: The Middle East is one of the most water scarce regions in the world and Saudi Arabia, the largest arid country in the Arabian Peninsula, has limited natural sources of water. The Kingdom is projected to be among the ten most water-stressed countries in the […]

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Turmoil In Saudi Water Sector As Country Runs Dry

Via Middle East Eye, an interesting report on Saudi Arabia, a nation that some predict could run out of water in the next 20 years after decades of mismanagement of domestic resources: Middle East watchers are familiar with the considerable financial problems facing Saudi Arabia as oil prices continue to drag along the bottom and […]

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“Doha Has Just Three Days’ Supply”: Are Water Shortages The Biggest Threat To The Middle East?

Courtesy of CityMetric, a sobering look at water shortages in the Middle East: Date farms at Liwa Oasis, United Arab Emirates. Those who visit the Middle East and North Africa from more temperate climates are often struck with how hot and dry the region is, and how scarce its rainfall. Some wonder why cities became […]

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No Water In The Kingdom Of The Two Seas — Nor Elsewhere In The Middle East

Via the Inter Press Service, an article on the impact of climate change on the Middle East & North of Africa region: There is an oil producing country situated in the Gulf region, made of a cluster of islands. It is small, surface and population wise. But it holds the dubious privilege of ranking top of […]

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