Significance of Domestic Water Conservation

The Middle East region is plagued by water scarcity and water management issues. Despite heavy investment in the water sector, water management remains a serious economic and environmental issue throughout the region. Overconsumption of water is a serious issue as per capita use of water in most of the Middle Eastern countries is several times more water than the global average. For example, on an average each UAE and Saudi Arabian resident consume 550 liters and 250 liters of water per day respectively. On the other hand, per capita water consumption in United Kingdom and Germany is 150 liters and … Continue reading

Islam and Environmental Protection: A Fresh Look at the Qur’an and Hadith

There is an inseparable relation between the environment and our soul. It will be great if Muslims in particular and the wider world in general learn from the Holy Scriptures, like the Holy Qur’an and Hadith, to try to wage an eco-friendly jihad (noble effort) to promote environmental balance and stability. This will be the true jihad to please God and ensure easy entry to heaven, in the existing world, not to speak of the hereafter. Thus, we can taste the bliss of heaven on this planet before we chance upon the eternal paradise. Quran and Environmentalism The Holy Qur’an … Continue reading

Ecotourism in the Middle East

Ecotourism is one of the fastest growing segments in the global tourism industry and the Middle East is no exception. The ecotourism industry, catalyzed by advancements in transportation and information technology, has brought hitherto unknown geographical landscapes into public limelight, thus bringing tourists to pristine natural locations across the Middle East. Middle East has also been witnessing growing popularity of ecotourism among native and expatriate populations. Some of the Middle East nations popular with ecotourists include Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Egypt, Oman and Tunisia. Due to its sunny climate, unique landscape, distinct culture and rich history, the region offers wealth of … Continue reading

Top Sustainability Trends in Europe

Sustainability is a global issue, but ecosystems, economies and other factors vary from place to place. While trends that prove successful in one area will likely eventually spread to others, different regions may be at different places at different times. In this post, we’ll focus on Europe. What trends are taking hold there? And which will spread to the Middle East? Sustainability Driving Revenue Growth While sustainability was at first often seen as a corporate responsibility and PR move, today it’s an integral part of business plans. It serves as a major competitive advantage and drives increases in revenue. In … Continue reading

What Every Muslim Should Do For The Planet

When it comes to our responsibilities as Muslims in protecting the planet, there are no blurred lines. As citizens of this planet, it is our obligation to do our part, both as individuals and as a community. This means, that we look environmental sustainability in the eye – that we begin to introspect our lifestyles, and make choices that are compatible with the well being of our home and the teachings of our faith. If you’re new to this conversation, then here’s my invitation for you: continue reading. Here are some of my top tips to help you embark on … Continue reading

World Habitat Day – Shelter for All

World Habitat Day is observed every year on the first Monday of October throughout the world. It was established in 1985 by the United Nations General Assembly through Resolution 40/202 and was first celebrated in 1986 with the theme “Shelter is My Right”. The purpose of the day is to reflect on the state of our urban areas and the basic human right regarding provision of adequate shelter to all human beings. World Habitat Day (or WHD) also aims to remind the planners and government officials of the collective responsibility for the habitat of future generations and a day to encourage grassroots … Continue reading

Sustainability in the Middle East: Complications and Opportunities

The Middle East region is facing a unique set of natural, operational, political, economic and social challenges in efforts to adopt sustainability. The rapid development and increasing population in these countries have led to an increased consumption of fossil fuels, water, and other non-renewable natural resources, taking a toll on the environment. Though the Middle East countries have significantly contributed to the carbon emissions, over the past decade they have taken positive steps towards addressing the core environmental issues and improving sustainability situation in their respective countries. This article aims at sharing the common challenges and opportunities faced by the … Continue reading

15 Inspirational Quotes On The Environment

With the New Year’s upon us, global citizens are beginning to think about their goals and what they want to accomplish in 2018. Many people focus on their finances, while others may be thinking about their health and relationships. Yet there is still one relationship that many people have forgotten: our relationship with Earth. In May of 2006, the film “An Inconvenient Truth” was released and for the first time in a long time, our environmental needs and causes was on everyone’s mind. But since then, it seems as though many of our sustainability challenges have been forgotten or swept … Continue reading

التنميه المستدامه في العالم العربي

التنميه المستدامه هي قالب  للنمو باستخدام المصادر بهدف تلبية حاجة الانسان والحفاظ على البيئه ليس في الوقت الحاضر فقط  بل مع الاحتفاظ بحق الاجيال  القادمه.  العالم العربي يواجه تحديات رئيسيه لتطبيق التنمية المستدامة  لتحقيق اهدافها على المستوى  الاجتماعي، الاقتصادي والبيئي.ففي طقس شديد الجفاف و نادر المياه  و مع الاستخدام المفرط للطاقه والتلوث الناتج عن صناعه النفط والغاز الطبيعي  فيواجه العالم العربي تحدي من نوع خاص. هناك اربع ركائز للتنمية المستدامه وهي  المجتمع، الاقتصاد، البيئه والمؤسسات المحلية. المجتمع توفير الطاقه له تاثير مباشر على درجة الفقر، فرص العمل ، التعليم ، الانتقال الديمقراطي ، التلوث الداخلي والصحه العامة مرتبطة بالعمر والنوع … Continue reading

جائزة عبد الحميد شومان للابتكار

إيماناً من مؤسسة عبد الحميد شومان بأهمية تعزيز الفكر القيادي وجهودها المستمرة لخلق بيئة محفزة للابتكار والإبداع والإنتاجية بهدف تمكين الابتكار العلمي والثقافي كاستجابةً لقضايا المجتمع والاقتصاد المحلي والاقليمي، تطلق المؤسسة جائزة تعنى بالابتكار؛ العلمي والمجتمعي. تهدف الجائزة إلى تعزيز مجتمع المعرفة، ودفع عجلة الاقتصاد من خلال دعم الثورة الصناعية الرابعة القائمة اليوم على الابتكار لتخطي التحديات المفروضة على العالم، وإيجاد فرص عمل وأنماط تشغيل جديدة تحسّن نوعية الحياة وتُفضي إلى تقدُّم ونهضة المجتمعات. فروع جائزة عبد الحميد شومان للابتكار الابتكار العلمي:تهدف الجائزة ضمن هذا الفرع إلى تحفيز البحث العلمي التطبيقي والذي يفضي بدوره الى تطوير نماذج وتطبيقات وحلول تكنولوجية … Continue reading

Medina 2.0: Cities’ Power to Shape a Greener Future

The current rate of urbanization is one of the global megatrends, which will manifest itself in many of the challenges faced in the upcoming decades. UN reports estimate that nearly 70% of the world’s population will be urban by 2050. The way in which cities deal with this rapid rate of urbanization will determine whether international objectives such as Sustainable Development Goal 11, aimed at making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable, will be achieved. Urbanization has further impacts on many more of the goals defined in the UN 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. Achieving these goals … Continue reading

Environmental Outlook for the Arab Region

The overall environmental outlook in the Arab region is bleak, despite progress on some fronts, according to the latest report of the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED). Entitled Arab Environment in 10 Years, the report crowns a decade of annual reports on the state of the environment in the Arab world. The AFED reports have become major references for highlighting progress, identifying problems facing the Arab world, and recommending alternative solutions.  Key Issues at Stake Having an environmental organization focused solely on the Middle East is essential when considering the characteristics specific to the region. As outlined in … Continue reading

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