Skyscrapers (even rotating!) and dreams of vertical farms, but not a greenhouse to be seen. The Gulf is growing more and more dependent on imported food.
Many Gulf countries are investing heavily in foreign farmlands that are more fertile, chiefly in Africa, but also India and Pakistan, in a bid to secure a steady food supply. Looking out over the glass and concrete skyscrapers that dominate the skylines in Abu Dhabi, Jeddah or any other oil dependant city in the Gulf, farmlands or greenhouses are nowhere to be seen.
Ever since oil and natural gas was found in the 1950s and 60s, the region has undergone tremendous economic development, turning small villages into sprawling modern metropolises. Food production, on the other hand, has not been able to keep up pace to feed the masses of expats who have moved to the region to work in the bustling economy. … [visit site to read more]