Category Archives: Saudi Arabia

The Futility of Annual Top 10 Predictions

In every recent year, a black swan event has made top 10 lists appear quaintly naive and unimaginative. Our list is probably no better. This time of year, top 10 predictions are all the rage. These lists can be interesting and entertaining but how useful are … Continue reading

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MENA Economies: Trouble Ahead

The economies of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are ill prepared for the coming population boom. War, terrorism, repression and poverty are all common features in much of today’s Middle East and North Africa (MENA). How are the region’s demographics changing in … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Demography, Dependency Ratio, Economy, Emerging Markets, Iran, Iraq, Levant, MENA, Middle East, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates

When Will Oil Bottom?

Not until the discount of WTI to Brent disappears. If one of Saudi Arabia’s objectives is to curtail American shale oil production, then it bears to reason that this objective will not be attained until Brent and WTI trade at parity … Continue reading

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Oil Quake 2014

2 December 2014 The consequences of a collapsing oil price will be deep and wide ranging. Brent oil has crashed from $115 per barrel in mid June to around $70 today, and WTI from $107 to $66. Here are the likely ramifications, the obvious and … Continue reading

Posted in Analysis and Opinion, Economy, Emerging Markets, Oil, OPEC, Saudi Arabia, United States, US Economy

GCC population to soar by 30% by 2020

GCC countries are Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. SHEHAB AL MAKAHLEH writes in GULF NEWS (via Zawya.com): Abu Dhabi: The GCC population will soar by 30 per cent to 53.5 million people who will … Continue reading

Posted in Bahrain, Demography, Emerging Markets, GCC, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates