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.
INTERNATIONAL. The climate has rarely been so favourable to a resolution of the conflict. The chaos that is sweeping the Middle East has been a game-changer in relation to Israel and the Arab countries.