March 29, 2013
A Look at the Middle East and North Africa
The MENA region covers 22 countries and roughly 381 million people—about six percent of the total world population. It also accounts for 60 percent of the world’s oil reserves and 45 percent of the world’s natural gas reserves. There is not a standard list of countries included in the MENA region, but generally the term includes the following: Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, the UAE, West Bank and Gaza, and Yemen. Ethiopia and Sudan are sometimes included.