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IEA: Global Investment in Clean Energy Set to Reach Record $2 Trillion in 2024

Despite some large solar projects underway in the Gulf Arab states, mainly Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the Middle East does not account for a significant share of total investments in clean energy.

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“If You Build It, They Will Come”: Prospects for Foreign Direct Investment in Saudi Arabia

Foreign direct investment flows into Saudi Arabia look set to pick up, but they are still likely to fall short of Vision 2030’s ambitious targets.

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Privatizing the Gulf Utility Sector

Gulf governments are looking to privatize their energy-intensive utility sectors, aiming to make public utilities more environmentally and financially sustainable.

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Saudi Arabia’s 60-Year Battle for Food Security

The climate crisis has shifted the Saudi approach to agriculture from rent distribution and coalition building to strategic investment to ensure Saudis have enough to eat.

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The Emergent Gulf Sovereign Wealth Fund-Global Tech Nexus

While Gulf sovereign wealth funds have long invested in promising technology-focused firms, these investment vehicles are increasingly underpinning ambitious plans to reposition Gulf countries as global hubs for advanced technologies.

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Continued Progress in Saudi Economic Diversification

Efforts to diversify the Saudi economy continued to bear fruit in 2023, although oil is still the dominant economic force.

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The Urgent Need for Transparency Reform in Gulf Central Banks

Gulf central banks can increase transparency by adopting credible reform agendas focused on the publication of accurate statistics, disclosure of analysis and forecasting methodology, and forward-looking explanations of policy decisions.

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Will the Gaza War Derail the India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor?

Six months after the launch of the India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor, rapidly changing regional dynamics threaten to jeopardize the potentially transformative initiative.

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Is Aramco’s Higher Dividend Payout Sustainable?

Aramco should be able to sustain its higher dividend payout through 2025, but beyond this it will be increasingly dependent on higher oil revenue.

Esports: Gulf States Capitalize on Youth and Tech

Gulf countries see esports as not only a viable investment but also a way to diversify their economies and engage their large youth populations.

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