SAUDI ARABIA. A correction in the stock market failed to have a major impact on Saudi Arabia's economic performance last year. A report by the Kuwait-based Global Investment House (Global) on Saudi Arabia's economic and strategic outlook, said that the Kingdom's economy was in fact exceptionally sound and robust in 2006.
UAE. Low oil prices will constrain the amount of funding available to Gulf sovereigns and banks to support the region's substantial infrastructure bill in coming years; S&P projects a gap as large as $270 billion through 2019 between capital spending for projects and project contracts awarded.