In the latter half of 2011, we've witnessed the economic and political aftermath of the spring's revolutions, which have highlighted both the possibilities for citizen empowerment in the region and the slow process involved in actualizing ideals.
For entrepreneurs, this era has combined newfound optimism with new levels of pressure to generate jobs and boost economic growth in the coming few years. Fortunately, newly-launched accelerators and funding vehicles are rising to the occasion as policymakers also push to make it easier to create small businesses, one step at a time.
A few notable trends that we followed were the rise of mobile apps designed to assist voters during the Egyptian protests and elections, the power that Steve Jobs had as a beacon for innovation, the rise of gaming in the region, the emergence of video-on-demand channels, and the growing ties between the Turkish market and the Middle East and North Africa, all of which lead back to everyday stories of what it takes to build a successful venture in the Arab World.
For an overview of what you may have missed out on this year, check out our 10 most popular articles of 2011.