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Thriving UAE-Indonesia Ties Highlight Potential in Southeast Asia

The continued rise of Indonesia as a Southeast Asian hub has encouraged the Gulf Arab states to view it as both an investment destination and avenue for their economic diversification and growth endeavors.

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Improved Fiscal Outlooks Renew Focus on Gulf Economic Diversification Efforts

The financial windfall from oil and gas exports may boost regional officials’ ambitious economic diversification plans but doesn’t make them foolproof.

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Implementing the China-Iran Comprehensive Strategic Partnership: Not So Fast

While long on aspiration and flourish, implementation of the comprehensive strategic partnership has seemed short on substance, highlighting China’s long-held strategy of viewing Tehran as an expendable piece in its chess match with Washington.

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Optimism for Oman: Economic Recovery With Caveats

There is renewed buoyancy for the Omani economy as rallied oil prices are expected to ease the execution of plans, big and small. Yet, public trust in government plans still falls short.

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Under the Volcano: Geothermal is Key to Saudi Arabia’s Energy Future

Saudi Arabia’s commitments to achieve net-zero emissions by 2060 and the new Saudi Green Initiative will drive more investments toward renewables and increasingly greater incorporation of geothermal energy.

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With Taliban Takeover, Gulf States Maneuver in Afghanistan

The reemergence of the Taliban is being treated cautiously in the broader Middle East. But the U.S. withdrawal may leave a unique political space for more engagement from the Gulf Arab states.

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China’s Gulf Partnerships Likely to Weather Current Global Crises

The complementary nature of China’s Belt and Road Initiative and Gulf “vision” development programs has established another pillar of China-Gulf cooperation.

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Saudi Fund of Funds Bets $1.07 Billion on Small, Local Firms

Saudi Arabia’s new $1.07 billion fund, Jada, aims to redirect investments toward small and medium-sized enterprises in the country’s domestic market.

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A New Year in Saudi Mining

The Saudi mining industry starts 2020 with a slimmer regulatory agency, new management, and prospects that appear more favorable than many other Vision 2030 programs.

Expectation Gap Clouds Saudi Arabia’s Investment Climate

Global investors’ interest in Saudi Arabia’s ambitious economic transformation hinges on their ability to secure lucrative commercial opportunities in the country.

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