Driving Economic Growth in the MENA Region: Saudi Arabia, UAE and Iraq
The economies of the MENA region face a number of major challenges in the short to medium term. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have adopted visions attempting to re-orient their economies and introduce far-reaching reforms. They aim to diversify away from oil or oil-based rent, as well as to develop a new, sustainable, economic model that, amongst other things, accommodates rapid demographic growth. Both countries recognize the importance of moving towards more sustainable economic growth. On the other hand, as Iraq emerges from conflict with ISIS, it has a golden opportunity to grow its economy and attract both domestic and international investment based on oil and non-oil growth and leveraging regional relationships.
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