GCC Common Currency Plan 2010
Reports have surfaced that the GCC will implement a common currency in 2010 for all GCC members. The European Central bank is already consulting on the planned currency union and has already published reports therein.

Economic Benefits with a GCC common currency:

  • Limited Foreign Exchange risk, attracting foreign investors
  • Controls on inflation
  • Increased competitiveness resulting from integration
  • New economic and investment opportunities from abroad, increased trade
  • Facilitate trade among existing trading partners (e.g. EU, US)

Given the strength of the Middle East market, it is important to keep in mind potential regional economic threats.

  • Threats of political instability
  • Terrorism
  • Global recessions
    • Those markets more insulated from the global economy would likely be less impacted. For example, if a global recession were to impact the Middle East, Dubai’s tourist sector would like be more hard hit, impacting the local economy, compared to Abu Dhabi which relies on energy prices.

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