Economy Outlook

Strong non-oil economic growth driven by diversification efforts

The latest PwC Middle East Economy Watch expects better non-oil sector performance to counterbalance a drop in oil prices this year

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Non-oil economic growth appears strong in the Middle East amid diversification efforts by Saudi Arabia, the UAE and other states, helped by government support and reforms to attract private capital, according to the latest PwC Middle East Economy Watch.

Oil prices are expected to drop this year amid supply and demand growth uncertainty.

“Strong growth in the non-oil sector is expected to counterbalance these impacts,” said Richard Boxshall, Partner and Chief Economist, PwC Middle East.

Inflation cooled in the GCC last year, with PwC composite data for the region averaging 2.6% and ending the year at 1.7% YoY, down from a post-Covid high of 4.3% in July 2022. 

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