Spotlight by Fady Jameel

In this thought leader series, 'Spotlight', Fady Jameel, Deputy President and Vice Chairman, Abdul Latif Jameel, takes an in-depth look at some of the world's most pressing issues.

In these articles Fady considers the challenges we face and examines the policies, technologies, approaches being utilized.  He'll also talk to the people involved in formulating the solutions and making a difference -  both from within Abdul Latif Jameel, Community Jameel and from industry, science and academia. 


November 23, 2023 | Dubai, UAE

10 mins

Reclaiming our urban equilibrium

We are traditionally taught that our landscape designations are a binary choice: we have the grey-brown smudge of our urban-industrial cityscapes, or the green pastels of our countryside.  Two sides at perpetual ambient and visual odds. And yet, what if the urban-rural partition wasn’t such a zero-sum game?  What if a middle way – some urban-wild hybrid – was not only within the realms of our ingenuity, but already flourishing in pilot projects internationally?

November 16, 2023 |

10 mins

Going geothermal

Anyone who has peered over the edge into the caldera of an active volcano will know that there is a lot of latent power there.  Every so often, we get a glimpse of it.  When Mount Tambora in Indonesia erupted in 1815, it was some ten times more powerful than the more famous 1883 Mt. Krakataou (Krakatoa)[1] and blew out a cloud of sulfate so massive it engulfed the Earth.  It cooled temperatures and disrupted weather patterns to such as extent there was widespread crop failure and famine was rife.