Middle East

Details of housing projects, water plants inaugurated by Sisi – Egypt

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi inaugurated on Saturday six housing projects and three water plants. The president visited Mahrousa 1 social housing project in Al Jabal Al Asfar in Daqahliyah governorate, which is part of Greater Cairo, while inaugurated the rest via video conference.

The other social housing projects are located in Al Asher Min Ramadan City, New October City, and 3,348 residential units in Cairo’s Badr City, and South Sinai. That is in addition to Ahalina 1 social housing project in Salam city in Cairo.


Egypt signs 2 water system deals worth EGP2.2 billion with Kuwaiti Fund – Egypt

Egypt and the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development signed two agreements on Saturday to establish an EGP 1.4 billion water system in Bahr Al-Bakr and to finance four desalination plants in South Sinai governorate for EGP 880.5 million.

The signing comes on the sidelines of the Africa 2018 forum taking place in the Red Sea resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh. 


Troubled waters for holy site – the Sea of Galilee recedes to its lowest level in a century – Israel

In a country where water is key to security and survival, Israeli authorities are rallying to save the shrinking Sea of Galilee that has reached its lowest level in a century

CHRISTIAN pilgrims flock to the shores of the holy Sea of Galilee to visit the sites where Jesus performed healing miracles and walked on water.

Yet when they reach the rocky shoreline they find the famous waters are receding after five years of drought that some Israelis fear heralds a wider water crisis connected with climate change.


Water projects implemented in N. Sinai worth LE533M – Egypt

The National Authority For Potable Water and Sewage has implemented a number of projects worth LE 533 million in North Sinai.

Work is underway to establish other projects at a total cost of about four billion pounds, said Alaa Ibrahim, the head of the executive office of the authority Tuesday.

Two desalination plants have already been established in Arish at a total cost of LE 175 million , Ibrahim said.


Israel sees desalination as Sea of Galilee’s savior – Israel

Long periods of drought and over-pumping have brought the lake low. A reedy island has materialized at its southern edge, and will soon be a peninsula.

Holiday-makers and fishermen teeter over expanding boggy beaches to reach the waterline.

The depletion imperils Israel’s biggest reservoir, starving the River Jordan and Dead Sea.

It also diminishes a landmark that rivals Jerusalem as a major draw for Christian pilgrims.


Comptroller Blames Desalination Shortfall on Bad Management – Tel Aviv- Israel

After four consecutive years of drought, Israel depends heavily on its desalination program for water, but the state comptroller said on Monday that the state’s water management is to blame for a shortfall in the supply of desalinated water.

“The Water Authority is charged with the responsibility for the country’s most important natural resource but has for years managed the water in a way that is not suitable for the scale of responsibility that it entails,” State Comptroller Yosef Shapira charged in his annual report published on Monday.


Water scarcity fuels tensions across the Middle East – Aman – Jordan

A lush tract of land known as the Island of Peace has thrived in a sea of strife for the past quarter-century, its palm fields and date plantations a stark contrast to the Middle East’s arid conditions and tumultuous politics.

But now the symbol of coexistence shared by Israel and Jordan is falling victim to tensions between the neighbors — with the dispute highlighting the crucial role access to water plays in a volatile region.


Israel issues tender for Sorek 2 mega-size desalination plant – Sorek – Israel

The new desalination plant will take total capacity in Israel to 785 million m3/year

The tender reportedly details a project to design, build, and finance a 200 million m3/year facility, and to operate it for 25 years.


Minister: Trade volume between Egypt, France hits USD 1.459 billion in 8 months – Egypt

The volume of trade exchange between Egypt and France hit 1.4 billion dollars during the first eight months of 2018, including 460-million-dollar exports and 999-million-dollar imports, Trade and Industry Minister Amr Nassar said on Saturday 13/10/2018.

This came at a meeting that Nassar held with French Ambassador in Cairo Stéphane Romatet to discuss future economic relations between both countries and current French investments in Egypt.


Israel received bids to build world’s biggest desalination plant – Soreq – Israel

Israel on Sunday said it had received bids from seven groups to build the world’s largest desalination plant, which will be able to produce about 200 million cubic meters of water a year.

The tender, still in its early stages, is for a new desalination plant in the area of Soreq in central Israel, the Finance Ministry said in a statement. There is another desalination facility that already operates at the site.