On the evening of March 8, the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia hosted a reception celebrating the launch of the Middle East Institute's new website. In attendance were over seventy guests, including representatives from the embassies of Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia; past MEI presidents Roscoe Suddarth and Amb. Robert Keeley; corporate sponsors; MEI members and scholars; members of the MEI Board of Governors; and many other friends and supporters of the Middle East Institute.
The event featured welcome remarks delivered by Nail al-Jubeir, director of information at the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, and by Middle East Institute President Amb. Wendy J. Chamberlin. Dan McEwan, MEI's director of technology, gave a video presentation demonstrating the features and capabilities of the new site, as well as an overview of the site's content and social media connectivity.
With a streamlined design and intuitive navigation, MEI's new website provides enhanced access to the timely, nonpartisan information on which policymakers, the media, and the public have come to rely. The site incorporates several capabilities which will make accessing content easier, whether you are viewing in a browser, on a mobile device, or with a screen reader. You can browse in-depth analysis and commentaries from our scholars, register for a language course, or become a member of MEI and help support our ongoing efforts.
McEwan also outlined several exciting web-based projects on the horizon that, funding permitting, will help to expand MEI's reach to new audiences around the world. These projects include constructing a Traveler Portal to improve the experience of tourism in the region; digitizing the unique collections in our library, including map collections, a postcard collection, and travelogues; and expanding educational tools through customizable lesson plans and a distance learning program for languages.
Check back often to mei.edu as we continue to roll out new features to improve our vistors' experience on the site.