Gulf Monitor

Counting the Cost – military expenditure in the GCC

16 November 2015
Oil prices fell again the week of November 9 to a more than a six and a half year low. Market Watch Blog AGSIW | Karen E. Young | Nov 16, 2015 Oil prices fell again the week of November 9 to a more than a six and a... »

Why renewable energy makes sense for the UAE

05 November 2015
The major drivers behind the UAE’s commitment to renewable energy are both political and economic in nature. Market Watch Blog AGSIW | Karen E. Young | Nov 05, 2015 The major drivers behind the UAE’s commitment to renewable energy are both political and economic in nature. The drivers include... »

Egypt’s Economic Recovery Linked to Gulf Banks and Foreign Investment

31 October 2015
When Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi confidently addressed Arab Gulf heads of state and foreign ministers and delegates of the Manama Dialogue on Friday, he made no mention of a continued need of Gulf aid and loans to Egypt, instead his remarks focused on regional security cooperation and the... »

It’s all in the Financing – Renewable Energy Potential in the GCC and Iran

22 October 2015
In the heat of the Gulf summer, Dubai closed a deal to build solar power plants that will produce renewable energy at the world’s lowest production cost, 5.98 U.S. Market Watch Blog AGSIW | Karen E. Young | Oct 22, 2015 In the heat of the Gulf summer, Dubai... »

“Monetizing Assets” – Has a Great Gulf Sell-Off Begun?

14 October 2015
As early as March, oil and gas producing countries from Angola to Saudi Arabia began selling assets to offset declining energy prices. Market Watch Blog AGSIW | Karen E. Young | Oct 14, 2015 As early as March, oil and gas producing countries from Angola to Saudi Arabia began... »

Declining Gas Prices, Asian Demand, and Effects on Qatar

05 October 2015
Like the oil market, global supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) is increasing. Market Watch Blog AGSIW | Karen E. Young | Oct 5, 2015 Like the oil market, global supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) is increasing. Global LNG supply is expected to grow 50 percent by 2020,... »

Volatile Global Markets and the Arab Gulf States

25 August 2015
The equities market rout on Monday left the Shanghai Composite Index down over 40 percent from its peak in June. Market Watch Blog AGSIW | Karen E. Young | Aug 25, 2015 The equities market rout on Monday left the Shanghai Composite Index down over 40 percent from its... »

From Lenders to Borrowers: The New Public Finance of the Arab Gulf States

11 August 2015
Governments generally make bad loan customers, as seizing territory is generally not possible for banks trying to collect unpaid loans. Market Watch Blog AGSIW | Karen E. Young | Aug 11, 2015 Governments generally make bad loan customers, as seizing territory is generally not possible for banks trying to... »

Seizing the Moment: Why Fuel Deregulation is Happening Now in the UAE

23 July 2015
The United Arab Emirates has done the unthinkable among many rentier economies by reducing petrol subsidies and tying the price of fuel to international markets. Market Watch Blog AGSIW | Karen E. Young | Jul 23, 2015 The United Arab Emirates has done the unthinkable among many rentier economies... »

Imagining Economic Opportunity in Iran

16 July 2015
While a nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 is a diplomatic breakthrough, there has also been a massive realignment of investment and infrastructure targets across the Middle East that has been in process for many months, if not years, in anticipation of this week’s announcement. Market Watch Blog... »

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