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Golfökonomien im Umbruch“ / “Gulf Economies in Transition

Organized by Christian Steiner, Steffen Wippel (ZMO) and Anja Zorob

For a long time, research on socio-economic development in the Gulf region focused nearly exclusively on problems of oil economies and rentier states. Over the last few years, however, academic attention has increasingly explored new topics in this area, examining them from a great variety of disciplinary perspectives. With the financial and economic crisis and the most recent political developments, the sustainability of existing developments paths and their general conditions are again coming to the fore with special urgency.
The many issues this involves will be taken up in the panel on “Gulf Economies in Transition”, organised by the DAVO Working Group “Economics of the MENA Region”. Paper proposals concerning the following topics are most welcome:

  • Paths of economic development, development strategies and their sustainability;
  • Outcome of the crisis and coping with its impacts;
  • Development, competition and importance of free zones;
  • Old and new regional linkages and problems of regional cooperation;
  • Social and economic aspects of labour migration;
  • Nationalisation of labour markets;
  • Economic dimensions of urban and infrastructure development;
  • Informal economic activities;


Isabel Knoerrich Aldabo (Universiti Malaysia Sarawak/UNIMAS, Kota Samarahan):
The GCC and the Maghreb – relation of politics or of economy?

Anja Zorob (Freie Universität Berlin):
Das Oman-US-Freihandelsabkommen und dessen Auswirkungen auf die GCC-interne Integration

Steffen Wippel (Universität Leipzig & Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient/ZMO, Berlin):
Oman und wirtschaftliche Integration im Golfkooperationsrat: Regionalismus aus Länderperspektive

Michael Benz (Universität Leipzig):
Musandam – Regionale Verflechtungen einer Exklave im Dreiländereck Oman-Iran-VAE

Christian Steiner (Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main):
Dubai Crisis – revisited

Heba Aziz, Edith Szivas & Lubna Al Mazroei (German University of Technology, Muscat):
Oil and Tourism: Economic Diversification in the GCC

Ingo Forstenlechner (Federal Demographic Council, Abu Dhabi):
Improving and expanding UAE public policy: A framework for attracting and retaining skilled expatriates

Philipp Dehne (Freie Universität Berlin):
ArbeitsmigrantInnen in Saudi-Arabien zwischen struktureller Gewalt und Selbstorganisation

Torsten Brandenburg (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz):
Globalization of Higher Education at the Gulf: Uncovering Economic Patterns of Recent Higher Education Policies in the Sultanate of Oman and the State of Qatar