About Us

Since 1957 MEES has been publishing an industry-leading weekly analysis of the region’s oil and gas developments. Home to the world’s largest and lowest cost oil and gas reserves, the Middle East and North Africa is a region of strong possibilities, but one fraught with pitfalls.

How Everything Began: Private Internal Report for Aramco

In 1957 Saudi Arabia discovered Ghawar, which remains the world’s largest oil field. As exports began ramping up, executives at the Arabian American Oil Company (Aramco) required broader regional, global energy and economic context.
They turned to Fuad Itayim, a Beirut-based economist, to write a weekly newsletter privately published for Aramco, the world’s largest current national oil company.
As the Gulf’s role in global oil markets grew, outsiders were scrambling to get insight on Gulf energy thinking. Fuad put together a team, and so began the Middle East Economic Survey. The first issue of MEES was published in November 1957.
In 1960, MEES was, in fact, the only foreign press agency at the first OPEC meeting in Baghdad – and has been in Vienna for every meeting ever since keeping our clientele up to date with the latest insider track.

How We Work

Benchmark energy analysis backed by data straight from the well


We delve into the details rather than flash news.


We have feet on the ground collecting information directly from the source.


We have data that allows us to provide an accurate big picture of future risks and opportunities.

Data Transparency: Access All Underlying Data Points

Access incisive data-driven analysis with interactive and downloadable underlying data will help you form insight and forward outlook

60+ Years of High-Signal Content

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How MEES Stands Out

MEES’ focus on the Middle East makes it one of the only resources to give a complete state-of-play and forward outlook for a region vital to energy security.

The ‘oil age’ isn’t quite over yet. As the home of the world’s largest repository of low-cost barrels, the looming energy transition has strengthened the Gulf’s comparative advantage as an investment destination.

Our 60 plus year expertise provides detailed insight into the many moving parts of a region vital to energy supply security and demand.

News is available. That’s not what we do. MEES provides weekly consultancy grade analysis and outlook.

If you’re interested in oil, by default, the Middle East is of importance. Our institutional memory gives our team the ability to highlight future expectations.

High-Level Connections

Oil ministers speak to MEES

It’s not by chance that MEES has sat down and talked to the overwhelming majority of the Middle East and North Africa Oil Ministers since our very beginning. A reality that continues to this very day over 60 years onwards.

‘Big Oil’ Speak to MEES

From the CEO of Total to sitting down with leaders from regional key players like Crescent Petroleum, MEES gives its readers the inside track from the horse’s mouth.

MEES Moves Markets

As a long-term data-driven publication, MEES only breaks stories worthy of moving markets. It had done so when Ali Naimi spoke exclusively to MEES following the oil crash of 2014. It has moved stock markets when announcing that Qatar would purchase a sizeable stake in Shell.

Sourced & Trusted By

MEES is a trusted source of information by government entities, organizations, reputable media outfits, as well as specialist intelligence units.

Executive Management

Dr Saleh Jallad


Dr. Jallad became the Publisher of MEES in 2007. His vision transformed MEES from a news-focused weekly to a forward-outlook report on a region that remains vital to energy supplies, economic stability, and national security.

Fadi Aboualfa

Managing Director

Fadi Aboualfa has spearheaded the organization since 2012. He joined MEES with the main task of transforming the publication’s client-facing information and technological stack to serve its readership better.

James Cockayne

Managing Editor

James Cockayne has established the voice of MEES since taking over as Managing Editor in 2013. His coherent vision has made MEES the go-to publication for expert data-driven analysis on a complex region.

Jamie Ingram

Senior Editor

Jamie Ingram has been driving forward MEES analysis since 2015, providing clear assessments of the Middle East’s dynamic energy environment. He has conducted multiple interviews with some of the energy sector’s most senior officials.

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