Inconsistent policymaking, slowing growth figures, and a shrinking population may put to question China’s collective strength as an economic partner for the Gulf Arab states.
AGSIW experts explain the regional trends they’ll be following most closely as the year unfolds.
Saudi Arabia has made significant progress on women’s rights and labor force participation, but there is still a lot of work to do.
For many of Qatar’s neighbors, the World Cup has been an economic boon, potentially paving the way for future cooperation.
Despite subjecting the small Gulf state to criticism, over the long term, hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup enhances Qatar’s brand recognition and can help accelerate the country’s tourism agenda.
With the fluctuations of oil and gas prices creating shocks to their economies, Gulf states may want to rethink the peg to the U.S. dollar.
New laws and policies allowing longer residency and more possibilities for upward mobility for intergenerational migrants and long-term residents could help Gulf governments address key labor market and productivity challenges.
The development strategy behind Neom is coming into focus: Planners want the megaproject to reflect something greater than the sum of its parts while trying to tether lofty ambitions to reality with major global event commitments.
The conflict in Ukraine has brought about a change in the psychology and geography of the oil and gas markets, and the ramifications will be felt across the energy complex for years.
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