A UAE-backed Saudi effort to wrest control from Jordan of Islam’s holy places in Jerusalem signals a sharper, more overt edge to Saudi religious diplomacy and the kingdom’s quest for regional hegemony.
Jordan is facing severe water shortages and as refugee numbers rise, so is demand. The state is enlisting imams to help.
Even before the arrival of an estimated 1.3 million refugees, Jordan was one of the most water-scarce countries in the world. In 2014, annual water availability plummeted from 147 cubic metres to 123 cm per person, far below the international water poverty line