The Middle East and North African (“MENA”) region comprises 15 countries with a total population exceeding 226 million, and is widely diverse both economically and culturally.
MENA has long been regarded as a fundamental source of energy throughout the world, due to its abundance of oil and gas reserves. In recent years MENA governments have sought to diversify and open their economies to new markets, becoming less reliant on the energy sector and more attractive to finance, trade and leisure.
An increasing number of people visit the region every year. Top attractions include visiting historical sites, religious pilgrimage, beach holidays and sporting events such as the Abu Dhabi and Bahrain Grand Prix, and the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Qatar in 2022. Tourism, leisure and consumer business now play a very important role in the future growth and development of MENA economies.
Increasing wealth and investment in the MENA region is creating many opportunities for international businesses, and equally, MENA governments and investors are actively seeking to expand and invest globally, to establish a presence in mature markets.
Our Middle East Services Group has decades of experience in advising both Middle East-based companies with their overseas business interests, and UK-based companies expanding into the Middle East. Many members of our team have spent extended periods living and working in the region. By harnessing the expertise of our professionals, we offer distinctive services, irrespective of the complexity of a project or transaction, to support our clients in realising their global ambitions.