1 Centre for Contemporary Middle East Studies, Department of History, Faculty of Humanities, SDU2 Department of History, Faculty of Humanities, SDU3 Centre for Contemporary Middle East Studies, Department of History, Faculty of Humanities, SDU
Abstract: This paper analyses current development plans published by the GCC states (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates) in order to explore the region’s future growth trajectory: what barriers to growth are foreseen and how can they be anticipated; what economic sectors and activities will be stimulated to create jobs and future income streams; will the public or the private sector drive the future economy; what type of (economic) state is envisioned in the future; and finally, what is the ideational input underpinning the planning effort? While recognizing that planning and actual implementation of policies can potentially be two very different matters, this paper limits itself to analysing what the states claim they want to do, not what they actually do. No similar analysis has previously been undertaken, but it is hoped that it will provide insight into how governments in the region officially conceive their future developmental track in both the short and long term.
Journal of Arabian Studies, 2012, Vol 2, Issue 2, p. 189-207