Any worthwhile research must necessarily be based on the following pillars: vision, strategy, logistics, human resources that include well qualified qualified researchers researchers and meaningful meaningful research research priorities priorities directed directed towards towards problem-solving rather than just publishing. The Arab world today faces a host of hurdles when it comes to higher education and scientific research including a lack of clear focus in research priorities and strategies, insufficient time and funding to meet research goals, low awareness of the importance and impact of good scientific research, inadequate networking opportunities and databases, limited international collaborative efforts, and of course, the brain-drain.