MENA News Guide: Business & Economics

By Melissa Martin

The business and finance landscape of the Middle East is changing rapidly and will undoubtedly continue growing and evolving in the years to come. Multiple news and intelligence outlets are committed to tracking this evolution exclusively, and work constantly to keep on top of the economic times. For those of your interested in following the latest in this developing region, here are a few of the most prominent outlets.

Trade ArabiaTrade Arabia is a Bahraini business and information portal. The website was founded in 1999, and is currently a high-traffic online hub for financial news content pertaining to the Middle East. Its topics of coverage include Finance & Capital, Energy, Oil & Gas, and Real Estate. The site also publishes articles from a host of contributing newspapers in the region, and maintains a well-organized events calendar for public view.


Mid East InformationThis blog-formatted site reports business news daily from the Middle East. Well-designed and easy to read, Mid East Info publishes reports, analysis, and press releases with a emphasis on multi-national business ventures in Dubai. The website publishes all content to its Twitter feed.


Middle East Economic Digest (MEED)Established in 1954, MEED is a business intelligence digest reporting news, analysis, data and events from the UAE. The site is notable for its broad coverage of the Middle East and North Africa, and allows one to search information by country or sector. MEED also publishes a magazine, a project-tracker, and provides a bespoke research, data and analysis service called MEED Insight.


Menafn.comThe Middle East North Africa Financial Network (MENAFN) is a Delaware-based corporation founded in 2000 by a team of entrepreneurs with a wholly owned subsidiary in Amman. Its website,, provides regional and global business news from nearly 200 content providers. This financial network covering the Middle East and North Africa, like most Middle East economy-based sites, tends to report on Gulf activities. Its content is categorized as Business/Finance, Travel & Tourism, and Telecom & Tech.


Kipp Report an online-only business magazine catering to the young, modern, and business-savvy. It not only provides news and analysis of Middle East business, but publishes blog posts, feature articles and video content to a design-conscious web portal. The site is updated regularly, and attempts to keep up with the dynamic and changing business landscape in the region.


Zawya provides business and finance coverage of the Middle East. The company was founded in 2000 and acquired by Reuters in 2012.The site provides news, research and company profiles from across the region and ultimately seeks to provide intelligence for Middle East business and investment ventures.


AMEInfo.comThis UAE-based business information site was founded in 1993, and has since grown to offer over 300,000 company profiles and updates to top-tier information provides such as Bloomberg and the Financial Times.  The website provides information on industries, companies, events, media, jobs, and country guides.



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