The GCC Economies

Stepping Up To Future Challenges

  • Mohamed A. Ramady

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xlviii
  2. Regional Structural Reforms and Engines of Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Abraham Abraham, Fazal J. Seyyed
      Pages 11-20
    3. Nabil Sultan, Sylvia van de Bunt-Kokhuis, Christopher Davidson, Alain Sentini, David Weir
      Pages 33-48
  3. Sustainable Security: Oil, Renewable Energy and Food

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 49-49
    2. Mohammed Al-Sahlawi
      Pages 51-57
    3. Ashutosh Sharma, Nabil Sultan, David Weir
      Pages 59-68
    4. Andy Spiess
      Pages 85-98
  4. Regional Risk, Global Competitiveness and Economic Diversification

  5. Corporate Governance, Transparency and Private Sector Operating Environment

  6. Investing Surplus Wealth: GCC Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWF’s)

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 289-324

About this book


The ‘Arab Spring’ of 2011 has affected the countries of the region to varying degrees, including the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members, comprising Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Bahrain.  The GCC has become a significant regional bloc playing a vital economic and political role far beyond its shores, given its geopolitical strategic location, a preponderance of global energy reserves and a major international player through the use of accumulated financial reserves.

A new Gulf is rising, one that is more self assertive, looking to expand its membership to other Arab countries such as Jordan and Morocco, while at the same time strengthening the bloc’s relationship with current and emerging trading and strategic partners in Europe, USA and Asia.

Regional and international realities, especially the uncertainties unleashed by the ‘Arab Spring’, are forcing Gulf leadership to initiate new policies involving closer cooperation amongst GCC countries to address emerging challenges.

This volume brings together thirty renowned academics and specialists to examine a range of multifaceted social, political and economic issues facing the GCC in key areas.


Energy GCC Gulf Cooperation Council Middle East Oil Petroleum

Editors and affiliations

  • Mohamed A. Ramady
    • 1
  1. 1.Petroleum & Minerals, Dept. Economics & FinanceKing Fahd University ofDhahranSaudi Arabia

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-1610-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-1611-1
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