A review of nanotechnology development in the Arab World

Bassam Alfeeli*, Ma'moun Al-Rawashdeh, Ali Bumajdad, Haider Al Lawati, Mohamed Abdelgawad, Zouhair M. Baccar, Issam Ben Salem, Faysal Benaskar

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A growing number of initiatives on nanotechnology research, education, and industry have been recently launched by several Arab countries to quickly build scientific capacity and track worldwide developments in nanotechnology. Some countries, namely, the oil-rich countries, have allocated large funds to support these initiatives, which are intended to serve the national interests in energy, water and food supply, medicine, and local industry. The other Arab countries are also pursuing nanotechnology, however, with fewer funds but with more human resources. This study assesses the current status of nanotechnology in the Arab Republic of Egypt, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Kingdom of Morocco, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Republic of Tunisia, State of Kuwait, State of Qatar, Sultanate of Oman, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The study is aimed at having a top-level overview of the status of existing, underdevelopment, and planed educational and research programs relevant to nanotechnology. The overview also includes nanotechnology research focus areas, challenges, and opportunities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)359-377
Number of pages19
JournalNanotechnology Reviews
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2013


  • Funding sources
  • Infrastructure
  • Policy and governance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Materials Science (miscellaneous)
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Process Chemistry and Technology


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