The GCC Rail Network development completion postponement

ZAWYA of October 30th, 2017 published this piece of information on the GCC rail network development completion postponement in the countries and its current progress status. The planned network per the local media was already hampered by not only financial difficulties as State budgets were tightened because of low oil prices but to also technical and […]

Ban on all Fossil Fuel-powered Vehicle Sales by 2040

At a time when fossil fuels are being contested and a higher share of more volatile renewables being pushed with the goal of them taking over, the recently declared ban of the Diesel engine car closely followed by a more severe ban on all fossil fuel-powered vehicle sales by 2040 could only mean the adoption of electric vehicles for transportation. This would in turn mean a drastic change in all sectors of trade, industry and above all infrastructure at all levels. More closer to us all, this would put a strain not only on all grid systems starting with of course the electrical one but on every aspects of everyday life.  This state of affairs would affect first and foremost the advanced economies but relatedly and with some time lag all other countries, especially those of the fossil energy source producing countries of the MENA region. 

These are the World’s Most Liveable Cities

According to the WEF’s ‘ These are the world’s most liveable cities ’ in this order: Auckland, Berlin, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Melbourne, Stockholm, Sydney, Vancouver, Vienna, Zurich. The article goes on: There are some cities you visit and wish you could move there tomorrow, because the quality of life on offer seems so appealing. Whether it’s down to […]

Morocco : By the numbers, a Macroeconomic Data and Trends

The Financial Times, a British daily newspaper produced Analyse-Africa recently published the second of its new series on African countries report. It is about Morocco in a Report that is proposed as put in its title Morocco : By the numbers by all relevant numbers, graphics, charts and of course all related explanatory notes, etc. as per leading global sources on African countries, etc. on its economy, political stability, foreign direct investment, trade, banking [ . . . ]

Face of Major Cities and how it will affect our Lives

In our previous article Smart Cities to better our Lives we discussed how the concept of circular economy will change the face of major cities and how it will affect our lives. This article written by Antoine Frérot, Chairman and CEO, Veolia Environnement and published on Wednesday 18 January 2017 is of capital interest for the future of all cities of the world, and especially of those in the MENA region. It is really the Face of Major Cities and how it will affect our Lives that is reviewed by this author.
Per Wikipedia, Veolia Environnement S.A., branded as Veolia, is a French transnational company with activities in four main service and utility areas traditionally managed by public authorities – water management, waste management, public transport and energy services. In 2012, Veolia employed 318,376 employees in 48 countries. Its revenue in that year was recorded at €29.4 billion.[3] It is quoted on Euronext Paris and the New York Stock Exchange. It is headquartered in the 16th arrondissement of Paris.
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Greater Cairo Region (GCR) many Challenges

Of all the MENA countries capital cities, the Greater Cairo Region (GCR) with a present population well over the 20 million mark is a vast agglomeration with many challenges. It is a place of unique political and cultural significance for the world. It has always and still is the prime engine of economic growth and the main population centre in Egypt. The newly settled leadership facing enormous challenges has wisely decided to involve two of the many influencing factors of the country, i.e. its youth and transportation.
Prior to diving the thick of the subject, and as highlighted in an article of the UN HABITAT, Cairo lives with many key challenges; most importantly planning, infrastructure and service delivery which has been managed to barely keep up with the very rapid urban growth over the past four decades, we would like to propose in this context, this article of Centre for Mediterranean Integration of Marseille, France, titled:

Promoting Public Private Partnership “PPP” to Include Transportation Start-ups in Greater Cairo

Transportation has direct impact on the economy, the environment and people’s mobility. On one hand, the air quality is getting worse and there is pollution due to vehicle emissions resulted from the increasing fuel consumption. On the other hand, the large number of people working in places far away from their residence directly affect traffic negatively.