Summary of The New Economic Context for the Arab World

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Global socioeconomic, geopolitical, technological and environmental issues are buffeting the Arab world, which also grapples with challenges unique to the region. This astute briefing from researchers Attilio Di Battista and Malik Faraoun offers some valuable food for thought as it focuses on an area of the world with increasing strategic and economic importance. getAbstract recommends this timely and relevant report to policy experts and executives.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What global and local developments affect the Arab world,
  • How well these nations are faring, and
  • What four critical issues policy makers in the region must address.

About the Authors

Attilio Di Battista and Malik Faraoun are an economist and a fellow, respectively, at the World Economic Forum.



The Arab countries differ from one another in terms of their environments, economies, cultures and political systems, so their responses to global issues such as income inequality, technological disruption and climate change vary. Recent data, as well as a survey of world business leaders, offer insights into the challenges facing the Arab nations. For example, a drop in global oil prices exposed countries like Saudi Arabia and Kuwait to fiscal stress, motivating the privatization of national assets and stimulating private sector economic diversification. Water scarcity continues to plague Jordan and Qatar, both of which have experienced shortages. Inequality is driving social disruption in Tunisia, Oman and Morocco. Government failure is possible in Lebanon and Yemen. One-third of business leaders in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a country with a deep technology infrastructure, have expressed concerns about their firms’ vulnerability to cyberattacks and data breaches.

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