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Smart and Sustainable: The Gulf Goes All in on Tech Cities

Saudi and Emirati leaders hope smart cities will be the key to advancing their countries’ global status in smart technology and sustainability while also developing the means to diversify their economies away from oil.

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The UAE Looks to the Stars

The United Arab Emirates is turning to its space program to position itself as a hub for advanced technology, diversify the economy away from oil, and rekindle space culture among young Emiratis.

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A Race to the Future: The UAE in the Metaverse

The metaverse is the next promising frontier of technology, and the UAE wants to take the lead.

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A New Virtual Reality: The Growth of Esports and Gaming in Saudi Arabia

Beyond paying economic dividends, there are social and cultural interests at play in the Saudi gaming industry.

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Coronavirus on Instagram: Getting the Public Health Message Out

Gulf governments have long been utilizing social media for important health messaging, and these tools have become even more critical since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Abdulla BinHindi: The Rise of NFT Art in the Gulf

A Bahraini artist and toymaker transforms his nostalgia-driven artistic practice into NFT art during the pandemic.

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Zayed University Adopts Experimental Approach, Prompting Skepticism and Support

Students, faculty, and community members are apprehensive about a new interdisciplinary approach pitched by a collaboration between the UAE’s Zayed University and U.S. educational technology developer Minerva.

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Expo 2020 Dubai: By and for UAE Youth

Dubai’s Expo 2020 puts young Emirati citizens and residents center stage at the Middle East’s first world exposition.

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The Boutiqaat Saga: Balancing Innovation and Corporate Governance

Implementing stronger corporate governance frameworks that apply to regional startups is a good starting point to increase investor confidence in a challenging economic climate.

Global Oil Prices Spiral Higher After Saudi Arabia and Russia Extend Supply Cuts

A substantial drawdown on global oil stocks is forecast for the fourth quarter amid record oil demand, accelerating the rise in oil prices to the $100 per barrel threshold.

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