Autism in the Gulf states: A regional overview

M. Walid Qoronfeh*, Musthafa Mohamed Essa, Sana T. Alharahsheh, Yahya Mohamed Al-Farsi, Samir Al-Adawi

*Corresponding author for this work

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In this review, we provide a Gulf region-centric view on autism with special focus on Qatar and Oman, including a review of seminal Qatari/Omani work from the literature. In addition, we offer a summary from the World Innovation Summit for Health and World Innovation Summit for Education autism reports as well as outline some of the main challenges, best practices and a path forward for the Gulf region from a healthcare perspective. Finally, we highlight the role of public outreach and awareness to lay the groundwork.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)334-346
Number of pages13
JournalFrontiers in Bioscience - Landmark
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2019


  • Asd
  • Autism
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Epidemiology
  • GCC
  • Gulf cooperation council
  • Mena
  • Middle east
  • North Africa
  • Oman
  • Public health
  • Qatar
  • Review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry,Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Immunology and Microbiology


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