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Egypt Hopes Gulf Mediation Will Help Resolve Nile Dam Dispute

Via Al Monitor, an article on how Egypt has intensified its contacts with Gulf countries to mobilize support in the GERD file, although statements and public support may not be enough to pressure Ethiopia back to the negotiation table:   As part of its moves against Ethiopia’s policies related to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), […]

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The Gulf’s True Weakness Is Its Water-Supply Resources

Via The National Interest, commentary on MENA’s water scarcity challenge: Water is a vital strategic resource in the Middle East. Assuring its security requires the same vigilance that has been applied to protect oil. The growing populations of the region and the parallel increase in economic activity has dramatically increased the demand for fresh water. […]

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Sustainability of Arabian Peninsula’s Fossil Aquifers

Via Terra Daily, a look at the Arabian Peninsula’s fossil aquifers: In a place like Delaware, where it rains frequently, water is a renewable resource. Natural processes will replenish the water that is being used or consumed. In an area where rain is not as plentiful, such as the Arabian Peninsula, however, it is crucial […]

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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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