Next Gen Gulf

AGSIW’s Next Gen Gulf series explores how the latest trends in technology are shaping the economies and governments of Gulf Arab states. Next Gen Gulf analyzes the implications of digital agendas, artificial intelligence, blockchain, and other tech services and applications for the region, by country and sector, and identifies the associated opportunities and risks of the Gulf's digital transformation.

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A Race to the Future: The UAE in the Metaverse

The metaverse is the next promising frontier of technology, and the UAE wants to take the lead.

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A New Virtual Reality: The Growth of Esports and Gaming in Saudi Arabia

Beyond paying economic dividends, there are social and cultural interests at play in the Saudi gaming industry.

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Public Investment Fund Grows, Bets Big on Tech

Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund continues to enjoy steady growth aided by technology-focused investments, but the sovereign wealth fund’s 2030 growth target remains distant.

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Sovereign Data: The Development and Marketing of Bahrain’s Digital Domain

Gulf Arab states like Bahrain cannot preserve the traditional form of their economies indefinitely, but they can influence how their new digital future will unfold.

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The Boutiqaat Saga: Balancing Innovation and Corporate Governance

Implementing stronger corporate governance frameworks that apply to regional startups is a good starting point to increase investor confidence in a challenging economic climate.

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Oman Jump-Starts Its Slow-Moving Technology Initiatives

Advancing Oman’s technology initiatives can help the government address economic challenges that have assumed a new degree of urgency following the coronavirus outbreak and oil price collapse.

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As the Gulf’s Digital Economy Accelerates, Speed Bumps Await

Smart spending on the enhancement of Gulf governments’ digital capabilities and the development of technology-focused industries is needed to bolster future growth.

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Free to Game: Esports in the Gulf

Discussions over establishing an esports free zone in Dubai reflect the high-growth potential of competitive online gaming across the broader Gulf region.

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Add to Cart: E-commerce Development in the Gulf

E-commerce development initiatives align closely with high-priority government agendas to build technology-focused, knowledge-driven economies. However, challenges related to payments, regulation, and delivery threaten e-commerce growth prospects across the region.

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Iran May Pay To Play in Crypto Amid Sanctions, Financial Tensions

Cryptocurrency activity is unlikely to offer the Iranian regime an immediate avenue for evading crippling U.S. sanctions.

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Bahrain and Abu Dhabi Compete to be Gulf’s Cryptocurrency Hub

The heightened interest in cryptocurrencies across the Gulf is taking place alongside global efforts to both regulate digital assets and attract cryptocurrency firms.

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The Political Ramifications of the Gulf’s Digital Transformation

Gulf Arab states are striving to become tech-driven, knowledge economies, but the digital path ahead is bound to be bumpy.

In New York, Saudis Dust Off Their Plan for Peace With Israel

The Arab Peace Initiative provides important clues to Saudi foreign policy calculations, even if controversy over OPEC+ oil production cuts diverts attention to Saudi oil policy.

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The IRGC and the Specter of Separatism

The October 4 edition of the Iran Media Review considers how instrumental use of the threat of separatism by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps risks fueling separatism in Iran’s periphery regions.

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