Economy

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Flexibility, Multifaceted Objectives Contribute to Persistence of Gulf Free Zones

Free zones are poised to remain central elements of the post-coronavirus economic recoveries in Gulf Arab states despite shocks impacting the broader business-oriented sector and ongoing commercial reforms.

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Low-Carbon Energy in Iran

Iran’s renewable energy potential is sizeable and underdeveloped, and it provides an opportunity for more fruitful international cooperation.

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Keeping the Spirit Alive: Vision 2030 Five Years On

Saudi government outreach acknowledges the strains of diversification plans and austerity measures while also seeking to renew the public’s interest in achieving the economic transformation's goals.

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Oman's Protesters Seek Jobs and Reform

While the high rate of unemployment among youth sparked recent protests in Oman, the problem now goes beyond creating job opportunities.

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The Line: A Promising Vision for a Progressive Future?

Regardless of whether The Line comes to fruition, the most important aspect of the project may be its promotion of a new vision of urban living.

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Qatar and Gaza’s Electricity: Mediation, Aid, and Expertise 

As the largest liquefied natural gas exporter in the world and one of the few countries able to work and negotiate with various parties in Israel and Gaza, Qatar is uniquely positioned to work within Gaza’s energy sector.

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Rising Crime and Insecurity in Iran

The Iranian government’s failure to devise policies to address the economic challenges facing Iranians has directly contributed to the rise of crime in Iran.

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The Centralization of Economic Policymaking in the Kingdom

Robert Mogielnicki discusses the centralization of economic policymaking and the consolidation of power amid the fast pace of new initiatives in the kingdom since the launch of Vision 2030.

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Keep the Faith: Mohammed bin Salman’s Message to Saudis

On April 27, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sat down for a television interview five years after the announcement of Vision 2030.

Saudi Arabia’s Economic Strategy: From Kitchen Sink to Virtuous Cycle?

The pace and scope of economic development initiatives and policies announced during the first five years of Saudi Vision 2030 have been dizzying, but any eventual progress is likely to be either broad and incremental or narrow and deep.

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