MENA is an English-language acronym referring to the Middle East and North Africa region. The term covers an extensive region stretching from Morocco to Iran , including all Mashriq and Maghreb countries. This toponym is roughly synonymous with the term the Greater Middle East . An alternative for the same group of countries is WANA ( West Asia and North Africa ).
The population of the MENA region at its least extent is estimated to be around 381 million people. This constitutes about 6% of the total world population. The MENA acronym is often used in academia, military planning, disaster relief, media planning as a broadcast region, and business writing.