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Nick Leech is a writer and qualified landscape architect who specializes in the art, architecture and heritage of the Gulf and wider Middle East. He spent seven years with the Abu Dhabi, English-language daily, The National, most recently as the publication's visual arts correspondent. Leech has experience of working on some of the Gulf’s largest and most complex urban-design projects preparing him for his role as The National’s special correspondent for the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Chronicling the museum’s design, engineering, construction and delivery in detail over five years.

He has lectured extensively on the history of art, architecture and design at universities in the UK and the UAE, and has also moderated panel discussions for Abu Dhabi Art, Louvre Abu Dhabi and Nuqat, the Kuwait-based non-profit organization dedicated to fostering creativity and creative problem solving in the Arab world. Leech holds a BA in the history of art, design and film from Sheffield Hallam University, an MA in landscape architecture from the University of Greenwich, and he studied the history of design at the Royal College of Art in London.

Leech has written for other publications including The Independent in the UK and Shawati’ Magazine in the UAE. He has also written academic articles about architecture and interiors.

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Climate Change Could Stifle the Middle East’s Tourism Rebound By Suha Ma’ayeh - Nov 29, 2022

After a two-year slowdown, tourism is once again booming in the Middle East. As countries lift their COVID-19 travel restrictions and demand for travel returns, the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) projects that the sector’s contribution to regional GDP will grow more than 36 percent in 2022 – to more than $256 billion. While this is undoubtedly great news for countries where tourism accounts … Continue reading “Climate Change Could Stifle the Middle East’s Tourism Rebound”

Spanish Decision Shows Tide Turning on Repatriating ISIS Brides By Faisal Al Yafai - Nov 28, 2022

In the murky world of ISIS families, all diplomacy is conducted quietly. On Monday, the Spanish government quietly admitted it would bring back several Spanish wives and children of ISIS fighters, before the end of the year. Newspaper reports placed the number at three women and 13 children – a figure which, while small, represents a significant … Continue reading “Spanish Decision Shows Tide Turning on Repatriating ISIS Brides”

Pakistan Pays Heavy Price For Domestic Turmoil By Arif Rafiq - Nov 25, 2022

Pakistan’s economy is in a deep mess. This summer’s epic floods took more than a thousand lives and inflicted billions of dollars in damage and devastation. In spite of an International Monetary Fund bailout, Pakistan’s external account position remains precarious. Foreign exchange reserves at hand cover less than two months of imports. Exports and remittances are in decline. Pakistan’s perceived default risk, as reflected by … Continue reading “Pakistan Pays Heavy Price For Domestic Turmoil”

The ‘Loss and Damage’ Climate Agenda Will Sink Us All By Jonathan Gornall - Nov 24, 2022

Throughout COP27, which ended on Friday, there was the usual juvenile sniping at the engagement in the climate-change mitigation process of the oil-producing countries, as if anything could possibly be achieved without their collaboration. The UK Guardian, which can always be relied upon to bash the Gulf states on the slightest pretext, dedicated a long article … Continue reading “The ‘Loss and Damage’ Climate Agenda Will Sink Us All”

It’s Not All Sunshine: Middle East Invests Big in Wind Power By Robin Mills - Nov 21, 2022

The story of renewable energy across the Middle East and North Africa is usually told from one viewpoint: the sun that beats down relentlessly on the region’s deserts. Solar is indeed a tremendous source of power and increasingly made to move electrons. But wind also blows across the Middle East’s plains, hills and seas – … Continue reading “It’s Not All Sunshine: Middle East Invests Big in Wind Power”