The Middle East has been an important part of Earth since the earliest days of human existence: birthplace of civilization, the wheel and mathematics. It is home to the roots of three of the world’s great religions. The area is as important today as ever. The current Middle East is the center of some of the world’s largest and fastest-growing companies and economies, as well as numerous infrastructure, scientific, educational and business developments.
First, it is important to understand what exactly has happened in the region during recent years and the reinvention one might call Middle East 2.0. Most media coverage misses the real story of the region by a large gap. The real story is the massive change that economics and development have brought: construction, development and progress that are almost incomprehensible to those who have not seen it firsthand.