Gulf Economic Barometer

The Gulf Economic Barometer monitors initiatives taken by Gulf states as they seek fiscal, monetary, and labor policy changes to meet the challenge of reduced state revenue from natural resources. The key trend is a major shift in the way the GCC countries have been spending on public sector wages, infrastructure, and social services over the last decade. The GEB documents the policy changes as they are announced and/or implemented by country and by sector and is updated regularly as data becomes available. The information here is neither official nor exhaustive.

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Market Watch: U.S.-Saudi Economic Ties: Why Saudi Arabia Matters

Donald Trump and Mohammed bin Salman
Saudi Arabia and the United States are linked by investment ties, energy markets, and a shared interest in the stability of the global economy.

Market Watch: New Year, New Economic Pain

The new year is likely to bring some serious economic pain to parts of the Gulf, especially Saudi Arabia.

Market Watch: Bahrain’s Road to Economic Reform: One Size Does Not Fit All

Bahrain’s current fiscal situation is evidence that sometimes, even with the right policy mix, generating growth can be difficult.

The Bridge: Abu Dhabi Share-Swap Deal with BP Forges New Contract Model

by Diane Munro Abu Dhabi capped a year of unprecedented change at state oil company Abu Dhabi National Oil Com­pany (ADNOC) with a landmark $2.2 billion share-swap with legacy partner BP. The unique model for a joint venture gives Abu Dhabi a 2 percent stake in BP in exchange for a 10 percent share in the country’s main onshore oil concession.

Market Watch: Smart(er) Money in the Gulf

State-owned funds like Mubadala in the United Arab Emirates are consolidating their operations.

With smarter money, even in a time of diminished fiscal revenue, the GCC states could become formidable investors.

Market Watch: “Monetizing Assets” – Has a Great Gulf Sell-Off Begun?

by Karen E. Young Oil and gas producing states in the region have started to sell off their assets in order to offset the declining energy prices.