uber
Uber May Be Planning Merger With Middle Eastern Competitor Careem, Insists This Merger Is Different

Ride-hailing giant Uber is planning to merge with its competition in the Middle East, though unlike prior deals in Southeast Asia, China, and Russia, it says it will remain in control of the merged entity. Read More >>

uber
Uber Manages to Dodge Ban in Egypt Over Taxi Driver Lawsuit, for Now

Ride hailing service Uber and competitor Careem will not be banned in Egypt after a court overturned a judicial decision to pull the companies’ licenses, allowing both companies to continue operations there for the time being. Read More >>

technology
One of Silicon Valley’s Fanciest Hotels Is Closed This Week, Likely For Saudi Crown Prince’s Tech Tour

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and his entourage are likely the reason one of Silicon Valley’s highest-tier hotels is closed to the public this week, Recode reported, as the prince continues to make the rounds in a marathon spree of meetings with some of the United States’ most powerful people. Read More >>

environment
The Middle East Could Become Too Hot For Human Life Within the Next Century

The authors of stunning new study on climate change in the Middle East start off with a very symmetrical observation: the region that gives the world so much of its fuel could be made dangerously hot by the emissions created by that fuel; unless, that is, we as a planet decide to mitigate our CO2 emissions. Read More >>

drones
First Palestinian Drone to Enter Israel is Promptly Shot Down

As it braced for more rocket attacks, Israel's military says it intercepted a Palestinian drone on Monday. According to media reports, this is the first time that a drone flying from Gaza has entered Israeli air space. And according to the Israelis, the drone did not last long at all. Read More >>

architecture
Sunshades Bloom to Protect These Towers From the Brutal Desert Sun

When the sun comes up, the flowers come out. Inspired by the design of Arabic windows known as mashrabiya, these 45-foot wide, flower-shaped sunshades "blossom" in minutes to cover the facades of these twin towers designed for two (anonymous!) Middle Eastern media companies. Read More >>

maps
Can You (or the UK Parliament) Find Damascus?

A clever little internet challenge is testing the geographical knowledge of people around the world, asking the masses if they can find the location of political hot potato and Syrian capital Damascus. Many failed, including one guess from someone using the Houses of Parliament proxy servers who was miles off. Read More >>

wtfriday
Is This a UFO or Just Another Botched Missile Test?

Something really weird appeared in the sky over Israel, Turkey, Jordan, Cyprus and Lebanon yesterday, sending local people into a panic. A strange spiral of light was seen in the night's sky, causing UFO theorists to go nuts, of course. Read More >>