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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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How Oil Sanctions Spurred Iran to Reconsider Regional Trade

For those seeking pathways to stable economic growth in the Middle East, developments in Iran may serve as a model – Iran represents the first major oil producer in the Middle East to transition to overall dependence on non-oil exports.

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China Strengthens its Presence in Gulf Renewable Energy

The global economic slowdown presents Chinese entities with a cost-effective opportunity to expand investments in strategic sectors across the Gulf region.

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Arms Flows To and From Gulf Face Growing Scrutiny

Arms flows to and from the Gulf states could be challenged by new economic stress in exporting and client states, reassessment of the most pressing threats, and increased congressional scrutiny in the United States.

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Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund Goes on a Spending Spree

A tense period in U.S.-Saudi relations has not dissuaded the kingdom’s Public Investment Fund from investing in major U.S. companies during an opportunistic spending spree.

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Economic Contraction Across the Gulf Chokes the Flow of Remittances to South Asia

The coronavirus-induced slowdown in Gulf Arab states will further stress the already reeling economies of South Asia.

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Max Weber in Arabia: Saudi’s Character Enrichment Program

As the Saudi government manages the fallout from collapsing oil revenue, it will be seeking greater contributions from the Saudi public. A little-known program to instill the productive values of entrepreneurship, hard work, and optimism may have found its moment.

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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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Gulf Humanitarian Diplomacy in the Time of Coronavirus

The Gulf Arab countries’ foreign assistance during the coronavirus pandemic hints at a slight evolution in their respective foreign policies.

Migrant Workers at the Epicenter of Public Health Crisis in the Gulf

The coronavirus, along with the economic crisis due to falling oil prices, is having a direct impact on businesses in the Gulf, including migrant labor, the bulk of the work force.

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