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‘Want-Avoid’: Rentier Mentality in Perspective

by Geoffrey Martin
 

One of the most serious challenges for Kuwait’s ‘Vision 2035’ series of economic reforms is the transformation of its oil dependent economy to a more dynamic private sector-led one. In the current system, public and private companies run on monopolies, subsidies, and a general lack of competition. Very rarely are employees in white collar jobs – national or […]

  • Permalink Jaber Al-Ahmad Hospital, Kuwait's newest medical facility that was opened with great fanfare in November 2018. Source: Kuwait Ministry of Public WorksGallery

    Kuwait’s Hundred Million Dollar Supply Management Opportunity

Kuwait’s Hundred Million Dollar Supply Management Opportunity

by Yousef Abdulsalam

The supply chain of the health sector – the manufacturing, distribution, procurement and consumption of medical supplies – has severely lagged other supply chains in terms of efficiency, innovation and technologies. Supply expenses generally constitute about 15 percent of total hospital expenditure. Though this is dwarfed by payroll’s 50 percent (or higher) share of expenditure, supply expenses […]

January 17th, 2019|Featured, GCC, Research|1 Comment|

A New Vision for Kuwait

by Sophie Olver-Ellis

Looking back over the last five decades, the socio-economic advancement and political legitimacy of the ruling elite in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states have been fundamentally rooted in the oil-based development model. As the region’s oil wealth has historically been vast, the ruling elites adopted a social contract which offered free healthcare, education and guaranteed lifelong public […]

  • Permalink Al Kout Mall in Kuwait. Source: Stephan Geyer, FlickrGallery

    Monolithic Representations of ‘Arabness’: From the Arab Nationalists to the Arab Gulf

Monolithic Representations of ‘Arabness’: From the Arab Nationalists to the Arab Gulf

by Rana AlMutawa
This is part of a series of memos presented as part of a workshop organised by the LSE Middle East Centre on 5 October 2018, looking at national identity and the Emirati state.

Many of the pre-oil Ajami, Baloch, East African and Indian influences on the local cultures in the Gulf have become part of everyday life. For hundreds of years, the Gulf has had […]

State Building, State Branding and Heritage in the UAE

by Rima Sabban
This is part of a series of memos presented as part of a workshop organised by the LSE Middle East Centre on 5 October 2018, looking at national identity and the Emirati state.

Since their relatively recent inception, state discourse across the Gulf has been framed around the mantra of ‘the protection of the past while moving forward’. Heritage has been an essential component […]

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