Middle East Entrepreneurship Program Tracker

The empowerME Initiative collaborated with Imagine Labs to bring you this interactive tracker, which maps out networks nurturing innovation in Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. It features 312 programs and initiatives offered by 122 organizations that these six governments have founded, funded, or partnered with to support entrepreneurs, startups, and SMEs.

My story

Eon Dental Co-Founder & CEO Qais Sabri


Jordanian entrepreneur Qais Sabri is using technology to offer greater access to customized orthodontic care with Eon Dental! Watch our short video to learn more.

Podcast series

Listen to the latest episode of empowerME Conversations, a podcast featuring conversations with business and government leaders shaping the Middle East.

Regional Programs

WIn Fellowship for Saudi Women Entrepreneurs

A unique collaboration between the Atlantic Council and Georgetown University to support Saudi women entrepreneurs to build leadership and executive capacity to scale their startups to new heights.

IGNITING Women’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Saudi Arabia

A joint project of the Atlantic Council’s empowerME initiative, the US Mission to Saudi Arabia, the American Chamber of Commerce Saudi Arabia, and Quantum Leaps for US and Saudi entrepreneurs and business leaders.


The final report of Middle East Strategy Task Force Co-Chairs Madeleine K. Albright and Stephen J. Hadley proposes nothing short of a paradigm shift in how the international community and the Middle East interact. Not only does the report suggest ways forward for the region’s most immediate crises in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Libya. It also puts forward a pragmatic and actionable long-term strategy that emphasizes the talent and aspirations of the people of the Middle East themselves, with an eye toward harnessing the region’s enormous human potential.

Four years after the Saudi reform program was unveiled, this study seeks to take a comprehensive look at the state of the Vision 2030 effort: What were the objectives of its creators, what has happened so far, to what extent are reforms advancing these initial objectives that the Saudi government set for itself, and what changes need to be enacted for reforms to succeed?

Atlantic Council Nonresident Fellow Jonathan Fulton’s report on Sino-Saudi relations begins with a brief historical overview, discusses how the partnership has developed, and ends with an analysis of the bi-lateral relationship within the context of the US-Sino Saudi triangle.





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Event Recap

Jun 14, 2022

Promoting more women in leadership is “a business imperative” and key to unlocking economic prosperity, say top executives

By Allison Holle

On June 7, the Atlantic Council’s empowerME Initiative held a workshop on “Balance of power: Promoting more women in leadership.”

Economy & Business Entrepreneurship


May 31, 2022

Atlantic Council Names Dr. Racha Helwa Director of empowerME Initiative

By Atlantic Council

Senior economist deepens bench to advance the Atlantic Council’s work unlocking the economic and human potential of the Middle East.

Economy & Business Middle East


May 11, 2022

Emerging market investments are shrinking. How will MENA countries hit FDI targets? 

By Amjad Ahmad

A US economic slowdown or a recession couldn’t come at a worse time for emerging markets, particularly those in MENA, where most are fighting chronic unemployment, slowing growth, and higher debt levels.

Economy & Business Middle East

In the News

Mar 19, 2022

EmpowerME’s event on entrepreneurship in MENA was mentioned in The National Business

By Atlantic Council

Economy & Business Future of Work


Mar 10, 2022

Fintech is opening new doors in MENA for inclusive finance

By Allison Holle

On March 1, the Atlantic Council’s empowerME Initiative, in partnership with ABANA, held a virtual event to discuss the opportunities for inclusive finance that the financial technology (Fintech) sector presents to the Middle East and North Africa’s (MENA) population.

Economy & Business Middle East


Mar 7, 2022

Turkey and the UAE are getting close again. But why now?

By Amjad Ahmad, Defne Arslan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s February 14 visit to the UAE indicates that rapprochement is well underway. Strategic and economic factors are behind this shift and many benefits can come from closer ties.

Economy & Business Middle East

In the News

Feb 22, 2022

empowerME event covered by Egypt Today

By Atlantic Council

Economy & Business Future of Work

Event Recap

Feb 14, 2022

Moving the Arab population from ‘job seekers’ to ‘job creators’: How governments are promoting and supporting entrepreneurship

By Hezha Barzani

On February 7, the Atlantic Council’s empowerME Initiative held a virtual event on “Developing ecosystems: How Middle East governments drive entrepreneurship.”

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

In the News

Feb 8, 2022

The National covered empowerME’s entrepreneur tracker launch

By Atlantic Council

Entrepreneurship Middle East

In the News

Feb 7, 2022

Al Monitor covered empowerME’s entrepreneur tracker launch

By Atlantic Council

Entrepreneurship Middle East