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Gulf Economic Outlook 2020 - Q1 Update

May 2020 | Publication

The Gulf countries face a somber outlook, with the GDP of the region expected to contract by 5.9% in 2020 compared to 2019. The Gulf countries whose economies remain highly dependent on hydrocarbon are ahead of “perfect storm” like scenario: a humanitarian crisis, that morphed into a global demand shock and pushed oil prices into a free-fall. A historical oil production cut agreement barely managed to improve prices.


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Hiba Itani

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The Conference Board Gulf Center for Economics and Business Research

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