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Researching companies and industries in the Middle East and North Africa

​Whilst we do not have any specialist resources for this region, many of our databases do have content on the some of the individual countries in this region.




Databases for economic data and analysis

Researching industries in the MENA region.

Mergent Online

For Analysts' research on quoted companies and their markets go to the Investext tab. 
Statista Offers statistics on a wide range of topics for this region such as Health, Automotive, Telecomms and Start ups
Technavio Covers a huge range of industry sectors. Most reports are global and include 4 year forecasts. They include data on the Middle East and Africa.

Finance Zone only

Go to > Function <BI> and selection sectors and sub-sectors. Not all sectors are broken down by region.
Or use the function <RES>. 

Web sources

African Development Bank Group
This organisation is made up of 3 constituent groups:
African Development bank
African Development Fund 
Nigeria Trust Fund
The website offers reports and data on all African nations including those covered by the term MENA.

Reality Check : Forecasting Growth in the Middle East and North Africa in Times of Uncertainty
2022 report from the World Bank


Arabian Business
It provides business and Finance news and opinion articles as well as a directory of companies located in Middle East.


Zawya offers news and research for the MENA region. Some news stories can be accessed without signing up. However can sign up free of charge to get slightly more content or pay a subscription to access the full range of content.


Index of Economic Freedom
2022 ranking of 180 countries covers 10 freedoms including: property rights, freedom from corruption, fiscal freedom and labor freedom.


Middle East  and Central Asia Regional Economic Outlook
2022 report from the IMF.

Produce a number of Insight reports on the Middle East region.


World Economic Forum
2019 briefing paper on risks in the MENA region.



News and keeping up to date

Science Direct                  
Covers business and sci/tech. Large number of economics and finance journals some with regional focus.
Factiva Our global news database with news wires, newspapers, websites and trade and professional titles. For a more targeted search try limiting the sources to a particular industry or region
FT.Com Prior registration required. Click here to register. (It is included when searching Factiva)
Economist Full personalised access to the Economist. Must register first using LBS email address
Project Syndicate Project provides original, high-quality commentaries to a global audience, covering economics, politics, health, technology, and culture.