Middle East Supplement 2019

Middle East Supplement 2019

Tighter fiscal policies and oil-output cuts agreed to by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), plus Russia, could cause economic growth in the Middle East region to slow this year. Favorable demographics will underpin long-term growth in the decades ahead, but productivity gains will be slow, economists say. Despite efforts to diversify their economies, the Arab Gulf countries will remain reliant on their oil and gas sectors for years to come.

Rebuilding Syria

Rebuilding Syria

Putting the war-ravaged country back together will cost $400 billion. With Assad still in power and US sanctions still in place, who will foot the bill—and reap the benefit? 

Qatar's Dollar Diplomacy

Qatar's Dollar Diplomacy

The emirate’s deep pockets are helping it secure new and deeper trade and investment ties in an end run around the Saudi economic embargo.

Iraq: From Guns to Budgets

Iraq: From Guns to Budgets

Iraq’s new government must push reconstruction forward, pull in new foreign investment and produce results for a battered population. Its time is limited.

Egypt: Top Regional Performer

Egypt: Top Regional Performer

A combination of structural economic reforms, oil and gas development and a recovering tourist sector fuels rapid growth for Egypt.              

Gulf States At A Crossroads

Gulf States At A Crossroads

As the region’s oil-and-gas dominance faces new challenges, the monarchies are betting that foreign capital will help carry their economies into a more stable, diversified future.