Morocco has faced tough economic challenges with COVID taking a toll but government action helped limit the damage as a billionaire gets the nod from King Mohammed VI to serve as his next PM.
On 5 September, Hans Grundberg, the new UN Special Envoy for Yemen will take up his post, after a two-month gap since his predecessor left to become UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs. So what is the state of affairs facing him? What are his prospects of success where his three predecessors failed?
The UAE wants the UK to drop it off the Covid red list but with numbers still rising despite being world leaders in vaccinations they may have to wait a little longer.
An Omani peace initiative and Saudi eagerness to end the war may possibly start Yemen on the road to peace but Emirati ambitions and Houthi gains complicate further an already intensely complex crisis.
The UAE is a key hub for gold trading linked to money laundering, organised crime and terrorist financing. The authorities have promised to clean up their act but a court case in India suggests there is still a long way to go.
With a stalled economy, a country under lockdown and much of the old regime still in power, Algeria holds an election that most of its people think is irrelevant.
The country is in desperate need of an IMF bailout but political bickering may stall an urgently needed loan; with Covid surging a new lockdown is in place.
Rather than find the truth about the devastating Beirut harbour explosion, the political elite ducks the issue while continuing to squabble over forming a government.
Tourism is a crucial economic sector for MENA that has been ravaged by the Covid pandemic and recovery is still a long way off.
The Gulf sultanate of Oman has seen a steady rise in pandemic numbers that, coupled with low oil prices, is presenting significant challenges.