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October 15, 2014
The MENA remains a region facing political and macroeconomic hurdles; however, one area where local consumers do not seem to compromise is on fragrances. The use of scent in this region is prolific and is deeply ingrained within society’s traditions and lifestyle. In light of this, despite the region’s challenges, there are promising opportunities for […]
October 13, 2014
As business leaders, employees, consumers and entrepreneurs, women are accelerating the economic growth and improving the conditions of their communities.  Despite proven benefits of women’s economic engagement, women business owners face disproportionate barriers to growing their business.  They have difficulty accessing business networks, technology, training, credit, markets and equal protection under the law. Vital Voices […]
June 11, 2014
With emerging market focus shifting from the once vaunted Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC), The Middle East and Africa is gaining clout as a potential growth engine for the future. Within the region, North Africa – namely Algeria, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia – offers an exciting, and challenging, opportunity. While the area’s political instability […]
October 15, 2014
Coffee shops and cafés are big business in the Middle East, combining to form a US$4 billion market in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the UAE. Deeply-ingrained coffee-drinking traditions have collided with investment from international brands and a growing desire among young consumers to partake in Western dining traditions, creating a thriving segment of modern […]
December 14, 2011
Which consumer trends are manifesting themselves in the Middle East and Africa? This bulletin focuses on efforts to provide housing for Saudi Arabia’s youthful population, Egyptian complaints regarding the cost of making the pilgrimage to Mecca (the Hajj), SAB Miller’s launch of a beer brewed from cassava in Southern Africa, low-tech solutions to provide African […]
November 16, 2011
With a population of over 171 million in the rural Middle East and North Africa, the region represents a large reservoir of labour and a producer of food for the urban sector. Despite not being as well-heeled as their urban counterparts, these rural consumers make up for this with their sheer volume. With the rapid […]
August 4, 2009
Iran's June 2009 “Twitter Revolution”, in which Internet media were used to mobilise protests against President Ahmadinejad's disputed re-election, has focused attention on the growing use of the Internet in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
January 14, 2009
The impact of the 2008 global financial crisis on Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco has been minimal.

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