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GCC economies to see recovery in 2010

Increasing oil prices and rising demand in the non-energy sector will help the region to grow, says Emirates NBD bank.

January 25, 2010 3:49 by



The UAE economy will see a real GDP growth of 2.5 percent this year, while the rest of the GCC economies will also grow between 3 and 4 percent in 2010, according to Emirates NBD bank.

“Increasing oil price will continue to be fundamental to regional recovery in the short term, with non-energy sectors drawing on demand from outside the region and continuing strong energy prices,” said Gary Dugan, chief investment officer of Private Banking, Emirates NBD. “We anticipate corporate results for 2009 in the region to be stronger than expected,” he said.

“This will be a year of rehabilitation,” said Tim Fox, chief economist of Emirates NBD. “But it’s important to retain a degree of reality; there won’t be runaway growth and it will be relatively cautious.”



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