This dissertation discusses the problems faced by the Middle Eastern countries with respect to the water shortage. We get to first discuss and explain all the terms that were to be used in the dissertation. After the explanation of the terms, the water scarcity of the region is carefully compared with the rest of the world. Once the seriousness of the subject is established we look into the problems one by one, country by country. In this dissertation the Middle East has been divided into the following groups:

l. West Bank, Gaza, Israel and Jordan;

2. Turkey, Syria and Iraq; and

3. The Nile riparian countries.

We look into each one of the above mentioned groups individually and then start looking at all options that are available, and into their economical and technological feasibilities.

After the above study, suggestions for implementation of the feasibility wise mostly suitable projects in the region are made.


School of Business


Economics Department

Degree Name

MA in Economics

Date of Award


Online Submission Date


First Advisor

Paul Sullivan

Committee Member 1

Paul Sullivan

Committee Member 2

Trevor Parfit

Committee Member 3

Ahmed Gaber

Document Type



302 leaves "

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Call Number

Thesis 1997/74



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