Arab business looks to the East

Regional Views
Arab business looks to the East - Arabia Monitor

Florence Eid-Oakden, Ph.D, Chief Economist 

Charlene Rahall, Mingqiao Zhao, Analysts

Highlights include:

  • GCC companies and sovereign wealth funds are looking towards the East to invest.
  • China’s Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) has brought new marketing opportunities for Arab businesses.
  • While Chinese banks continue to grow in the GCC, Non-GCC Arab banks are taking the initiative to branch out in China, to benefit from growing trade links and BRI financing.

The Regional Views series are thematic papers aimed at identifying and analysing factors behind medium to long-term economic trends shaping the region. Our analysis draws conclusions that help businesses and investors get ahead of the curve. As a firm staffed by Middle Easterners, we focus on insight rather than standard analysis.

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