It's a challenging time for the region as it tackles growing refugee crises, diversifies away from oil dependence and attempts to build a better future for its young. Meanwhile, an embrace of digital technologies and reform are creating a unique opportunity for business, civil society and government to boost inclusive and sustainable development.
These and many other issues will be discussed at this year's World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa. You can join the conversation on Twitter at #MENA17 and Facebook at @WEFMENA, and read further insights and in-depth analysis in our series of articles below.
From Syria's humanitarian crisis to Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia, highlights from the World Economic Forum's Middle East and North Africa meeting.
The full text of an address by King Felipe VI of Spain, which was delivered to participants at this year's World Economic Forum summit in Jordan
The full speech of the heir apparent to Jordan's throne, delivered at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa 2017.
Young, university-educated and out of work. Here's what you need to know about employment in the Arab world.
As the world shifts away from crude oil, Saudi Arabia must make use of solar resources and improve energy efficiency – its young generation can lead the way.
Five charts that explain why Israel is a ‘startup nation’.
Small and medium-sized enterprises account for 90% of private business in the Middle East, but only 8% of bank lending. The region has a lot to gain by making life easier for start-ups.
The story of one poetry and black-metal-loving Tunisian high-schooler shows how the power of art and critical thinking can stop violence in its tracks.
Meet the young woman who, in the face of untold adversity, is bravely transforming her community from within, one business plan at a time.
The Middle East and North Africa's youthful, fast-urbanizing population are perfectly placed to embrace technology and reap the rewards of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
What you need to know about Sukuks and why are they proving so attractive to investors outside the Islamic world.
Meet the Jordanian comic-book author who is giving young people the role models they lack.
Tech futures, a post-oil economy and spiralling humanitarian crises ... as 1,000 global leaders converge in Jordan, this is what they'll be talking about.
There are at least 400,000 migrants inside Libya now - many held in detention centres with appalling conditions. Improving life for them could be the path to putting this battered country...
Many young Arabs have aspirations to enter industries that can’t or won’t hire them - just one of the many obstacles that better entrepreneurial education in the region could fix.
Saudi Arabian institutions come out on top in a new index of Middle Eastern universities.
Increased connectivity, biometric registration and a smart use of data have increased what we can do for the displaced.
With the fourth industrial revolution underway as the digital age disrupts business, the flexibility of SMEs, their innovative capability and ability to create jobs are crucial for MENA c...
World events and digital technology are allowing Afghan women to push against inequality.
Cardiovascular diseases are responsible for one in five deaths in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and one in four adults in Saudi Arabia are likely to have a heart attack within the next 1...
Breica, who has a Master’s degree in energy efficiency, built the first house for his grandmother using 6000 plastic bottles filled with sand and straw.
A non-profit tech organization is reuniting refugee families across the world with missing loved ones.
The world’s first humanitarian impact bond raised money to build three physical rehabilitation centres and help thousands of people with disabilities.
With all the damage to infrastructure, schools, and hearts and minds – how do we stop Syria’s next generation from losing their way?
Ikea plans to sell rugs and textiles made by Syrian refugees.
The good news is that most of the technology to conserve and replenish the planet’s dwindling freshwater supplies already exists.
Religious leaders are a powerful weapon in the fight against fundamentalism, says Rabbi David Rosen.
The Middle East has the means, but does it have the will to rely more on sustainable energy?