Private (Ltd)
Industry Publishing, new media, business news, events
Founded London, United Kingdom (1957)
Headquarters Dubai Media City, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Number of employees
120 (2008)

MEED, abbreviated from the former name Middle East Economic Digest, is a 54-year-old business intelligence tool for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), providing analysis and commentary on Middle Eastern markets, companies, people and data on the regional projects market.

Current business activities

MEED Magazine

MEED magazine cover

MEED publishes a business-to-business magazine for subscribers every Friday featuring news, analysis and commentary, features and interviews and a weekly special report. Circulation, according to a 2009 audit by ABC (Audit Bureau of Circulations UK), stands at 6,338.[1]

MEED has forged a reputation for breaking Middle Eastern news since its 1957 launch. When the late Rafiq Hariri drew up plans to rebuild a war-shattered Lebanon, MEED met the prime minister and asked him to explain them.[2] When Colonel Gaddafi unveiled the first part of his Great Manmade River, MEED took a front-row seat at the ceremony and quizzed the engineers.[3] While US tanks were still rolling towards Baghdad in March 2003, MEED obtained plans from Washington that described how the US was hoping to rebuild the country.[4] Three months before going public, MEED revealed DP World's IPO plans.[5][6][7] Abdalla el-Badri announced Opec's potential move from US dollar to euro pricing to MEED.[8] MEED broke news of Saudi Arabia moving ahead with plans for a Mile-High Tower in Jeddah[9] – which would make it the tallest tower in the world – and Nakheel's plans to create a tower over one kilometre high (then called Nakheel Tower, later announced as Dubai's Harbour Tower) to trump Emaar's Burj Khalifa.[10][11]

MEED is used as a source of Middle East information by the US and British governments – Energy Information Administration, United States Congress and the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The dedication made by Abdullah II of Jordan in 2007 demonstrates MEED's positive contribution to the Middle East for over 50 years. "The celebration of this milestone is a testament to the distinguished insight into the region MEED has provided to its readers for five decades. Your acuity has recorded the region's diversity and potential, not just its challenges and crises."[12]

As well as publishing all magazine content, also produces daily country and industry news, tenders, contract awards, economic data and market trends, with an emphasis on projects. Its archive dates back to 1994.

Content on the site is broken down by 10 sectors and 19 countries:

Construction, Economy, Finance, Industry, Markets, Oil & Gas, Power, Telecoms and Information Technology, Transport and Water

Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Gaza/ West Bank, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Sudan, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

MEED Projects

A Middle East and North Africa projects tracker.[13] The index tracks more than 7,000 projects worth over $5.6 trillion. Sectors covered are alternative energy, construction, fertiliser, industrial, infrastructure, liquefied natural gas, gas processing, metal, oil and gas production, petrochemicals, power, water and waste.

MEED Insight

A bespoke research, data and analysis service, MEED Insight specialises in Middle East industry or sector scoping, market surveys, evaluation and forecasting, market entry assistance, project overviews and competitor analysis. Core sectors are oil and gas, petrochemicals, banking and finance, manufacturing, transport and logistics, power and water.

MEED Events

MEED runs three summits – Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC), Arabian World Construction Summit (AWCS) and Arabian Power & Water Summit – and has more than 25 Middle East industry- and country-focused conferences in its portfolio, as well as networking clubs focusing on UAE and Qatar construction and power and water.


The first issue of Middle East Economic Digest (MEED) was published on 8 March 1957.

MEED's founder and driving force for the next two decades was Elizabeth Collard, a champion of Arab causes who was to become an adviser to UK Prime Minister Harold Wilson on Middle East affairs and a friend of Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt and King Hussein of Jordan. She also helped to establish the Council for the Advancement of Arab British Understanding (CAABU).[14]

With two part-time secretarial assistants, MEED was produced on a hand-cranked Ronco printing machine. Every Friday evening, friends and relatives would help staple and stuff envelopes with the 12-page newsletter. Lacking any editorial resources, the Middle East Economic Digest was a compilation from newspapers and other reports. Newspapers were flown in weekly from Cairo and Beirut, translated and condensed.

By the time MEED was acquired by Emap (now known as Ascential) in 1986 it had a staff of 20 full-time journalists and 12 researchers and newsroom assistants to cover Middle Eastern business and project news.

In 2006 Emap Middle East also acquired business website AME Info.


Middle East projects news, data and analysis, email newsletters, events and networking, project tracking, RSS feeds, tailored research and off-the-shelf reports and tenders listings.


  1. ABC (Audit Bureau of Circulations UK)
  2. ''Hariri's bold vision – MEED''. (4 February 1994). Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  3. ''Libya through the looking glass – MEED''. (9 August 2002). Retrieved on 6 January 2012.
  4. ''US reconstruction plans for Iraq – MEED'. (14 March 2003). Retrieved on 6 January 2012.
  5. ''IPO rumours circle DP World – MEED''. (14 July 2006). Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  6. ''Reuters''. (8 February 2008). Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  7. Gaffen, David. (8 February 2008) ''Wall Street Journal''. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  8. ''Opec considers switch to euro pricing – MEED''. (8 February 2008). Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  9. ''Hyder designing mega-tall tower – MEED''. (13 February 2008). Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  10. ''Nakheel increases height of tall tower to 1.4 kilometres – MEED''. (20 June 2008). Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  11. ''Forbes''. (25 February 2008). Retrieved on 6 January 2012.
  12. ''King Abdullah's letter to MEED''. (30 June 2007). Retrieved on 6 January 2012.
  13. MEED Archived 24 July 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ''Elizabeth Collard and the birth of MEED – MEED''. (30 June 2007). Retrieved on 6 January 2012.
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