New Routes to the Middle East: Perspectives on Inward Investment and Trade

This EIU report examines the Middle East and North Africa region's attractiveness to investors and businesses from around the world. In a global survey of 618 executives, respondents broadly expect the Middle East to feature more prominently in their business plans in the next five years.


Key findings:

  • The Middle East region will benefit strongly from accelerating “south-south” business.
  • Businesses’ views on the potential impact of the “Arab Spring” on trade and investment are divided.
  • The UAE is the most favoured destination in the Middle East.
  • Latin American firms are less worried about the impact of political turmoil on business in the Middle East than respondents from any other region in the world.
  • Corruption is less of a concern for emerging-market fi rms than it is for businesses from developed markets.
  • Cultural factors present major concerns for emerging-market businesses.
  • The burgeoning youth population that is demanding political change in the Middle East is also valued as an economic resource.


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