In a globalized world of rapid change, few regions are changing as fast as the Arabian Gulf. The six countries that comprise the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) – Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar – have entered a unique period of development. They possess almost half of the world’s proven reserves of oil and a quarter of its natural gas. But these governments know that oil and gas will not sustain their development indefinitely. Efforts are underway to diversify all six GCC economies. Further, half of the 26 million GCC citizens are under 25 years of age. Education systems are being expanded and upgraded to accommodate this “youth bubble” with the hope that the rising generation will substantially replace the large expatriate presence in the GCC workforce. (Currently, it is estimated that 14 million foreigners live in the GCC countries.)
This evolving situation offers unique opportunities for people of good will to become involved in the development of the Arabian Gulf region. Finance, construction, industrial development, tourism, education, training and healthcare are growth sectors requiring outside expertise to complement the local workforce. Followers of Jesus the Messiah who live by the Sermon on the Mount have much to offer the people of the Gulf. This region is the canvas on which interfaith relations for the future are being outlined today. Will you get involved? We can serve as your Arabian Gulf Connection.