Tech News from the Middle East

Welcome to the Middle Eastern News and Innovations blog! This blog covers innovation in the Middle East, North Africa, and Persia. Check back often for the latest news on innovations from the region.

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Unexpected and Romantic: Hot Middle Eastern Valentine’s Getaways


This Valentine's Day, while others are surprising their lovers with routine island getaways, or for a lucky few, trips to romantic, and increasingly expensive Europe, wouldn't it be nice to rekindle your flame with a trip to an exotic destination?

The Nile (from WikiMedia)The Nile (from WikiMedia)


These vacation spots, some undiscovered by Americans, and others now on the beaten path, but no less intriguing, are guaranteed to make anyone other beg for more. read more »

Making the Electric Car Work: Can Israel Succeed?


Renault's, soon to be electric, Megane. (from Channel4.com)Renault's, soon to be electric, Megane. (from Channel4.com)

When a country can't buy oil from most of the Middle East, there are a few smart things to do: reduce consumption, buy from somewhere else, or, introduce the most revolutionary electric car infrastructure ever. For Israel, it's doing all three. read more »

A Universe of Man-Made Islands Coming to Dubai?


The proposed Universe Islands, depicted just under The World IslandsThe proposed Universe Islands, depicted just under The World Islands

Sunday, on the heels of the completion of a massive project, property development company, Nakheel, unveiled another Dubai mega-project. If given the go ahead, The Universe Islands would add more than 7,500 acres worth of man-made islands to an already crowded coastline. read more »

A Second Life in Israel


Image from CO-STAR BlogImage from CO-STAR BlogSecond Life Israel was launched Sunday, enabling Second Life users from around the world to visit Israel's beaches and historic sites. The virtual state, preceded by a whole Jewish neighborhood in Second Life, is a work in progress, meant to, "present Israel to a global audience beyond the traditional media," according to co-founder Chaim Landau. read more »

World Islands - Dubai's Groundbreaking Megaproject is Completed


Digital Rendering of the World IslandsDigital Rendering of the World Islands

The much touted World Islands in Dubai were officially completed Thursday, after the final stone in a surrounding breakwater was set. Stretching off the coast of Dubai, the World Islands are manmade islands in the formation of a map of the world. read more »

Saudi Blogger Detained Indefinitely


Fouad al-Farhan (center)Fouad al-Farhan (center)

On December tenth, Saudi blogger Fouad al-Farhan was detained for questioning by the Saudi Interior Ministry. In a case that has invoked international condemnation, possible charges against Farhan have not been elaborated on, except for a brief statement by a Ministry spokesman, stating that, Farhan was detained "for violating rules not related to state security." read more »

The Future of Despotism: Blogging the Iranian Presidency


Mahmoud AhmadinejadMahmoud Ahmadinejad

While some in the U.S. may feel that a lack of governmental transparency here has led to significant shortfalls in recent policy decisions, those in Iran are getting the chance to chime in on policy while simultaneously learning a little bit about the mind of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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Pimp My Ride Going To The Middle East ?


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Friday, MTV unveiled an Arabic language music video channel. MTV Arabia now provides Arabic music videos, as well as other MTV programs, to Middle Eastern audiences. read more »

Robot Camel Jockey Wins Invention Prize


A robot camel jockey preps for race (from National Geographic).A robot camel jockey preps for race (from National Geographic).

A robot camel jockey, invented by the Qatar Scientific Club, won for Best Invention at the First International Exhibition for Inventions. The robot camel jockey, a seemingly odd invention here in the West, is meant to replace child jockeys in the Persian Gulf. read more »

Only in Dubai: A VPN as Illegal as Porn


(from ITP.net)(from ITP.net)

On Thursday, the UAE's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), an organization that regularly bans websites in the Emirates, declared that subscribing to a UK based Virtual Private Network (VPN) is as illegal as ‘smuggled DVDs or pornography.' read more »