Question Marks on Future GCC Projects

The sudden irruption of what was to be called the Qatar crisis has had through the literal blockade of all movements between 4 members of the GCC countries and Egypt of populations as well as goods and services by air, land and sea to and from Qatar the effect of silencing the media that posed question marks on future GCC projects.

This crisis shows yet another difficult challenge all GCC inter-countries projects have to overcome. From a long list of projects, the first one that comes to mind is the now well-known Railway network system that is these days being finalised. This was conceived in the first place as off the need for a safer and cheaper way to move freight and people across the Gulf countries for it has always been maintained that a regional railway line would facilitate tighter economic and political integration. That was as it were the design intent whereas in reality and as revealed by this crisis, all is now a matter of the GCC railway project not being high on the list of priorities as noted by many international media. Despite that, Qatar’s railway internal loop would not prevent the rest of the line from Kuwait to Oman to proceed as scheduled. Qatar Railways is also proceeding with its lot unshaken but logistically affected with its reception of its first train reception slightly behind schedule. Connection of Qatar though to the rest GCC would perhaps be put on the back burner until the crisis is over.

Bridging global infrastructure gaps

Development of infrastructure has generally had a late start in all countries of the MENA until a decade ago where it is frantically gaining ground. Especially in the GCC, where point in case, is the UAE, from roads, Railways to airports, to telecommunications, it has become home to world class facilities that have supported economic growth. Bridging global infrastructure gaps is one of the numerous handicaps that the MENA countries have first to live with and eventually cope with.

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