Fiscal Policy

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2021 Budgets Indicate Tough Economic Times Ahead

Mostly smaller budgets and conservative oil price assumptions signal the start of another challenging economic year for the Gulf region.

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Debt Maturities Loom As Gulf States Sell More Bonds

Regional policymakers must grapple with how the political and economic systems that they plan to sustain with today’s debt can meet tomorrow’s obligations.

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Is This Time Different? The Gulf’s Early Economic Policy Response to the Crises of 2020

As Gulf Arab policymakers continue to confront an ambiguous future, they will rely heavily on familiar economic policy measures and avoid straying from the status quo as long as possible.

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China’s Gulf Investments Reveal Regional Strategy

A unique pattern of provincial or regional consortiums from China are deeply engaged in marquee Belt and Road Initiative projects that are shaping the future of China’s power in the Gulf.

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Diversified Investment in UAE Shaping China’s Economic Role in the Gulf

Despite a large appetite among Gulf Arab states for Chinese investment and trade, the UAE has emerged as China’s primary economic partner in the region.

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Fiscal and Security Pressures Highlight, and Threaten, Oman’s Unique Position in the Region

As fiscal constraints increase, tensions in the Gulf rise, and uncertainties surrounding political transition loom, Oman’s role in the Gulf Arab region could come under pressure.

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Uber’s Acquisition of Careem Strengthens the Gulf’s Tech Credentials

Uber’s acquisition of its Dubai-based rival Careem signals a promising new phase for the Gulf’s technology sector.

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Payment Delayed: The Economic Risk of Gulf Contracting Practices

If you are in the construction business and a Gulf government is your client, be sure to be paid in advance.

Bahrain’s Road to Economic Reform: One Size Does Not Fit All

Bahrain’s current fiscal situation is evidence that sometimes, even with the right policy mix, generating growth can be difficult.

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