Expatriate workers continue increasing in the Arabian Gulf

Migrant or expatriate workers continue adding to the labour force of oil-rich Gulf due to mega-construction projects, UN data shows.  Al Jazeera posted this article dated 20 Dec 2018 elaborating on a situation known to all since the advent of oil. Gulf Arab blue-collar workforce continues to grow: UN by James Reinl Blue-collar migrant workers […]

Indians, Pakistanis most interested in UAE property

It is no surprise that in this article (see below) of ConstructionWeekonline, there is no hint anywhere that Indians, Pakistanis most interested in UAE property investments make up the most significant percentage of the populations of the respective GCC countries. Since the advent of oil, the Persian Gulf countries have generally turned into modern states […]

2nd edition of the International Conference of African Organisations

Migration crisis in Africa; challenges, issues and perspectives This contribution is a synthesis of my intervention following the invitation of the organizers of the provisional programme of the 2nd edition of the International Conference of African Organisations and all members of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), that is held at the ‘Centre International […]

Qatari companies send workers on unpaid extended leave

A Technical Committee of the OPEC and 11 non-members are meeting today in Abu Dhabi to as put by the Emirates News Agency http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302626261. They identify ways and means of raising levels of conformity. obviously review and discuss possibilities to reinforce their year old decision to pursue and potentially overhaul their production cut so as to possibly reach their goal of price sustenance if not increase. Meanwhile, a US shale oil surge and the recent crisis among the world’s greatest oil producer countries are certainly not helping the cartel’s future. In Qatar, everyday life because of this crisis is turning sour by the day as witnessed by hundreds of migrant workers. This article on how Qatari companies send workers on unpaid extended leave in order to maintain their businesses alive whilst the Gulf crisis drags on.

Saudisation means limiting all expatriates’ employment

Saudi Arabia unlike all its partners within the GCC and for many in the world would have been a terrible country, were it not for it to have been sitting on one of the world’s largest reserves of fossil oil.  Moreover and, according to western common knowledge, it sponsors a strong feeling-filled version of Islam that is conducive to all sorts of redicalisation.  And it denies its citizens whether nationals and / or resident expatriates many basic rights.  Here is a good example in an article written by Ahmed Al-Arfaj of Al-Madina published on Saudi Gazette of July 2, 2017.  It is about that other aspect of the country where a Saudisation means limiting all expatriates’ employment is being proposed.  Expatriates accounted in 2014 for little less than 33% of the country’s 30 million inhabitants.

Qatar’s standoff with its neighbours is turning sour by the hour as the ultimatum of a month has elapsed.  An extra 48 hours was granted though but it is believed would not alter anything in the blockaded country’s stance.

Meanwhile, it’s no secret for anyone that the oil and gas markets are at a critical turning point.  Shale gas of the US has completely disrupted the dynamic in the market, brought prices crashing down.  Natural Gas of Qatar as a palliative and / or a cleaner substitute would presumably anchor those prices at a level that would prevent any up movement.

Migrant Labour populations Remittances

Any kind of taxation on migrant labour populations remittances (funds that emigrant workers earn and transfer to their home countries) news from say the GCC Countries as well as its potential impact on all recipient countries was a hot subject after the world’s oil and gas prices started dropping back in June 2014. In 2013, 15 million expats in GCC countries send home $80b in remittance every year. [. . . ]