New Country Views
Qatar: Against all odds
One year on, the boycott of Qatar by a group of regional states has not had the detrimental impact on the economy that most envisaged. A drop in non-resident liabilities to banks has reduced the need for further support from the Qatar Central Bank.
Qatar’s recent investment support for Turkey, however, could deepen the GCC rift given the unfolding row between Saudi-backing Washington and Ankara.
Ongoing uncertainty over the GCC’s future is likely to persist. Regional tensions are expected to remain elevated for the foreseeable future.
New Regional Views
North Africa: Tourism boosts recovery
Despite being badly hit by uncertainty associated with the Arab Spring revolutions and other turmoil that has followed, there are some signs of recovery.
Historically, the Egyptian tourist industry tends to bounce back after security shocks, although it currently remains below pre-2010 levels.
An “open skies” agreement between the EU and Tunisia, expected in late 2018, will allow in more foreign airlines and should bolster tourist numbers.
Sino-UAE: Deepening ties from e-commerce to food
The UAE is China's most important non-oil trade partner among GCC countries, handling 60% of Chinese exports to other GCC countries, Iran, Africa and Europe
Deals signed with Chinese e-commerce giants and transportation companies over cross-border logistics are expected to play an important role in furthering growth of the e-commerce industry in the UAE.
The two sides are taking a multi-step approach to developing salt-resistant rice planting, with the ambitious goal of turning at least 10% of the UAE's territory into green land.