Aside from headline-grabbing Hyperloop plans and government crackdowns on communications tech, what are the shifts that will really change the region?
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The large hole left in Gulf state finances by plunging oil revenues will have to be plugged somehow, and Saudi Arabia believes technology is part of the answer.
Two big studies show where the Middle East and North African regions are making progress with tech, and where they're still falling short.
The Arab Spring showed the potential of young people in the Middle East armed with technology. But the picture since then has been patchy.
With a growing population and high smartphone penetration, online retail has been slow to take off in the Middle East and North Africa. What's behind the region's slow adoption of ecommerce, and how can it be changed?