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Opinion: Subsidy Reform, from Cairo to Tehran

Opinion: Subsidy Reform, from Cairo to Tehran

Contrary to what happened in previous years, fuel price hikes—or more accurately, the partial reduction of fuel subsidies—announced by the Iranian government a few days ago passed without major protests or palpable social unrest. This means that the general public in...
Saudi Arabia: The Desalination Nation

Saudi Arabia: The Desalination Nation

Dammam, Asharq Al-Awsat—Saudi Arabia is facing a water crisis. Despite the kingdom’s massive investments in desalination plants, demand is growing at a rate that threatens to outstrip supply, leading to the formulation of ambitious plans for the expansion of its...