From Canada to Kenya, nearly every country struggles to provide housing for all its residents. It’s a goal that has become a moving target: Migration – both rural-to-urban and cross-border – is…

Luis Triveno, Olivia Caldwell |

Those of you who have visited Dubai in recent years may relate to what I am going to say: Dubai is in the middle of the desert, and its land, not that long ago, was really worth nothing. Now it is…

Wael Zakout |

A student leader in her school's anti-violence and coexistence project entering the school's courtyard     © Charlotte Kesl / World Bank We live in a world where [[tweetable]]one in…

Paula Tavares |

Our continued belief in the enormous resourcefulness, resilience and sheer drive of young Arab women has yet again been reconfirmed. 

Ayat Soliman, Olivier Lavinal |

Born in Tunisia, Rym Baouendi left at the age of 18. After passing her Tunisian baccalaureate exam, she attended the National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA) in Lyon (France) where she…

Web Team |

“You can take the man out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the man.”   A native of Morocco, Hanane Benkhallouk began her career in New York before moving to Dubai in 2005…

Web Team |

It’s Ramadan and the Arabic TV channels are festooned with shows that vary from recurring popular soap operas, cooking and competition shows — but one has become the talk of the town. Al Sadma, or…

Bassam Sebti |

A year ago, we at the National Urban Heritage Center (NUHC) of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH), published a study in cooperation with the World Bank to examine…

Mashary Al Naim |

I’ve just returned from a mission to Palestine. During the visit, I met Fatima. She was happily married until last summer, when suddenly she lost everything. 

Wael Zakout |

Inequality begins early in life. In the Middle East and North Africa region it begins before birth, as prenatal care is not universal, and continues right through early childhood with different…

Will Stebbins |