The effects of lower oil prices continue to be felt in Oman, with budget cuts and spending rationalisation still in evidence across the board. However, higher commodity prices in late 2017 and into early 2018 should provide a welcome boost to state revenues.
Dubai saw steady GDP growth of 2.8% in 2017 and this is expected to reach 3.2% in 2018, with an increased drive towards consolidating its position as a knowledge-based economy. The emirate is among the most diversified in the region, thanks to factors such as a highly attractive business environment that has brought in large amounts of foreign investment.
Since assuming power in January 2017 the administration of President Nana Akufo-Addo has moved to rein in fiscal spending, industrialise rural regions and improve the business environment in order to jump-start economic growth. The government has brought down the fiscal deficit and freed up capital spending for priority projects, and Ghana’s economic prospects appear strong for 2018.
Articles & Analysis | Saudi Arabia capitalises on demand for streaming services from The Report: Saudi Arabia 2018
Television in Saudi Arabia is arguably facing its biggest shift in 25 years as more traditional broadcasters disrupt digital consumption patterns. Over-the-top (OTT) video streaming services, led by Netflix, have changed the business model for networks and television producers around the world. Certain Netflix content has been available to...
Interviews & Viewpoints | Ghassan Al Shibl, Board Member and Managing Director, Saudi Research and Marketing Group: Interview from The Report: Saudi Arabia 2018
What do you see as the main digital trends in the Saudi media sector today?
Articles & Analysis | Saudi Arabia focuses on reshaping media landscape from The Report: Saudi Arabia 2018
With more than SR3.3bn ($879.8m) in spending earmarked for culture and media by 2020, Saudi Arabia’s government is hoping to attract significant private sector investment in the development of its creative and entertainment industries. To this end, state agencies are working hard to encourage international investment, talent and media sector...