Middle East


US Nursing: Middle East

Commonly known in the nursing profession is that the history of the Middle East dates back to ancient times. Several major religions originate in the Middle East, they include Islam, Christianity, and Judaism the Baha’i faith, also established within the region were Mandaeism, Unitarian Druze, and numerous other belief systems.

Climatically it has a hot, arid climate, with several major rivers providing irrigation to support agriculture in limited areas such as the Nile Delta in Egypt, the Tigris and Euphrates watersheds of Mesopotamia, and most of what is known as the Fertile Crescent. Nurses will read that the majority of countries that border the Persian Gulf have huge reserves of crude oil, with the sovereign nations of the Arabian Peninsula in particular benefiting from petroleum exports. In modern times the Middle East remains a strategically, economically, politically, culturally and religiously sensitive region.

Nurses will come to understand that the Middle East currently is taking a different shape, along very clear lines – far older ones than those the western powers rudely imposed on the region nearly a century ago. Across the whole continent those borders are in the process of cracking and breaking. But while that happens the region’s two most ambitious centres of power – the house of Saud and the Ayatollahs in Iran – find themselves positioning themselves to increase their influence.

Nurse employment in the Middle East is primarily in Dubai, Abu Dhabi. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and to a lesser extent, Kuwait.

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