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Middle East, Northern Africa (MENA)

Middle East, Northern Africa (MENA)

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is an economically diverse region that includes both the oil-rich economies in the Gulf and countries that are resource-scarce in relation to population, such as Egypt, Morocco, and Yemen. The region’s economic fortunes over much of the past quarter century have been heavily influenced by two factors – the price of oil and the legacy of economic policies and structures that had emphasized a leading role for the state. 

A region encompassing approximately 22 countries in the Middle East and North Africa, the MENA region accounts for approximately 6% of the world's population, 60% of the world's oil reserves and 45% of the world's natural gas reserves. Due to the region's substantial petroleum and natural gas reserves, MENA is an important source of global economic stability.

Many of the 12 OPEC nations are within the MENA region. While there is no standardized list of which countries are included in the MENA region, the term typically includes the area from Morocco in northwest Africa to Iran in southwest Asia and down to Sudan in Africa. The following countries are typically included in MENA: Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, West Bank and Gaza, and Yemen. Ethiopia and Sudan are sometimes included.

Currently, the region’s main challenge is to create sustainable growth that delivers the quantity and quality of jobs needed, which is projected to improve ongoing security and stability in the region. An inclusive and competitive private sector has proven to be one of the most effective and long term solutions for unemployment, and is critical in creating a sustainable growth market. 

As the area continues to evolve into an attractive global market for international customers, we continue to support client needs for secure travel, consulting and business intelligence services in and around the region, offering the following services:

Key Services Provided:

  • Executive protection services
  • Secure transportation services
  • Itinerary/event based planning and intelligence
  • Protective and tactical intelligence
  • Special event services


Brian Gimlett
President Consulting and Investigations
U.S. Security Associates
New York, New York

Our team has performed large special event security on the ground in Istanbul, Turkey, and has traveled to the United Arab Emirates (Dubai), Israel, Jerusalem, the Palestinian Territories and Jordan with customers.  We have recently performed executive protection and secure transportation services in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. 

As part of our full range of services to support customers in these areas, we offer comprehensive intelligence and reporting capabilities, including:

  • Tactical Intelligence Alerts
  • Intelligence Reports
  • Intelligence Alerts
  • Daily Summary
  • Regional Intelligence Report (Bi-Weekly)
  • Special Reports

These reports are customized to the unique needs of each geographic location and customer. For more details on reporting capabilities, click here.

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