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.
French Influence in North Africa Falters Amid New Global Realities By Oussama Romdhani - Dec 2, 2022
At a time when French-Algerian relations were supposed to be on the mend, Algeria’s Central Bank issued, on November 1, new banknotes which bore for the first time inscriptions in English, alongside Arabic. Politicians in Paris were not amused. They saw it as another sign that Algeria was drifting away from France’s zone of influence. … Continue reading “French Influence in North Africa Falters Amid New Global Realities”
Peace or Politics? In Ukraine, Turkey Eyes Both By Nikola Mikovic - Dec 1, 2022
As Russia’s war in Ukraine enters its ninth month, Turkey has emerged as one of the conflict’s most important external actors. With most global powers choosing sides, Ankara has managed to preserve ties with both Moscow and Kyiv, positioning itself as a key mediator in ending the conflict. But is peace really Turkey’s motivation, or … Continue reading “Peace or Politics? In Ukraine, Turkey Eyes Both”
The Eight Billionth Question By Afshin Molavi - Nov 28, 2022
The world just passed a quiet milestone, topping 8 billion people on Earth. Embedded in this demographic story is an important developmental one: We are healthier, wealthier, and better educated than at any time in human history. And yet, macro numbers offer little solace to the 800 million people who still lack access to electricity, or the roughly same amount who go … Continue reading “The Eight Billionth Question”
Climate Change Could Stifle the Middle East’s Tourism Rebound By Suha Ma’ayeh - Nov 27, 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”
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”