Gulf Economics, Trade and Finance

The Journal of Gulf Economics, Trade and Finance is a regularly updated online journal that brings you unprecedented access to the best current thinking and its practical application to business, investment and policy making.


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Management Team

Professor Brian Sturgess

Managing Editor

Professor Brian Sturgess is the Managing Editor and Publisher of the Journal of Gulf Economics. Email:

Professor Mitchell Belfer

Editorial Consultant

Professor Mitchell Belfer is an expert on the Gulf and runs the Euro Gulf Information Centre in Rome - a leading Think Tank.

Oni Oviri

Associate Editor

Oni Oviri is Associate Editor of Gulf Economics. She has written extensively about African trade issues and is an expert on global value chains. Email

Latest Articles

The mission of the Journal is to encourage the development of the private sector in the economies of the Gulf. In this respect it will provide a platform for academics, investors and policy makers to report on the progress made and the obstacles in the path of economic transformation in the region. The launch issue contains articles on the development of tourism in Saudi Arabia, the increasing economic empowerment of women in the Kingdom and the transformation of its Labour Market anticipated under Vision 2030. The competitive position of the economy of Dubai and the expanding role of Islamic Finance in the region and globally are considered. Finally the economic costs of political disturbances in Bahrain are evaluated. This Issue is priced at £25 but can be purchased until March 2019 at a special offer price of £7.50.

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Editorial Advisory Board

Professor Mitchell Belfer

Consultant Editor


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Dr Hippolyte Fofack

Advisory Board Member

Dr Brian Kettell

Advisory Board Member

Dr Stuart P M Mackintosh

Advisory Board Member

Washington DC

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Dr Fatima Al-Shamsi

Advisory Board Member

Abu Dhabi

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Dr Brian Shegar

Advisory Board Member


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Dr Naw Yarko

Advisory Board Member

New York/Abu Dhabi

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Dr David Weir

Advisory Board Member

Dr Jamel Zarrouk

Advisory Board Member


Ahmed Al Bakr

Economist at Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority

Mitchell Belfer

President Euro Gulf Information Centre

Cinzia Bianco

Senior Analyst at Gulf State Analytics

Oni Oviri

Associate Editor Gulf Economics

Oni Oviri

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Brian Shegar

President UAE Singapore Business Council

Brian Sturgess

Managing Editor

Mohammed Al Yousif

Economist at Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority

Jamel Zarrouk

Senior Economic Advisor Dubai Economic Department

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Aims and scope of the journal

The Journal of Gulf Economics aims to publish papers on important economic issues affecting the countries comprising the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and their most important trading partners. The Journal provides analysis relevant to the economics profession - academic, consultants, bankers  and students, but it offers businesses, politicians and civil servants clarity - with high-level mathematics kept to a necessary minimum - on current economic thinking and empirical results.

The Journal will be published quarterly in two parts: a refereed section in which articles are sent to impartial referees for comment prior to publication and a non-refereed section where a decision on publication is made by a committee of the editorial board. Authors must state whether or not their submissions are for the refereed or non-refereed section. 

The purpose of the non-refereed section, which comprises the bulk of the Journal's content is to publish interesting articles by academic and business economists and experts in related fields. These authors may desire to communicate their experience, ideas and empirical findings to a wider audience than that existing for less accessible articles in the more technical economic journals or wish to publish on a more timely basis than is general given the procedures involved in academic publishing. 

The non-referred section will be read by a larger number of people. These are in the professions such as law, in government, in 'Think-Tanks' and others involved policy-making, in universities and colleges. It will also appeal to people occupying positions of economic influence, but often without the technical training and language of the professional economist.

Style of articles

Apart from in the refereed section, articles should resemble those in Foreign Affairs, the Harvard Business Review, World Economics and similar periodicals. Submissions to this section should not be presented as formal academic papers where the use of technical jargon (unless explained), constant references to ‘the literature’, and complex mathematics make it hard for non-specialists to follow the argument. References and footnotes should be kept to a minimum. Tables and Charts may be included, so long as they are clear and necessary to illustrate points essential to the argument in the text.


Articles for the refereed section should be in the range 2,500-5,000 words in length. Articles for the non-refereed Section should be from 1,500- 3,500. Shorter articles and notes are welcomed but longer ones should be agreed with the Managing Editor. They may be subject to editing in the cause of readability and comprehension in line with the Journal’s aim to communicate clearly.


Issue 1 January - March, Submission Deadline March 1


Issue 2 April - June, Submission Deadline June 1


Issue 3 July - September Deadline September 1


Issue 4 October - December Deadline December 1



Articles should be delivered to the Journal in Microsoft Word, in Arial 12 point with 1.5 spaces between lines. Tables and Charts and the data on which they are based should be delivered separately in a Microsoft Excel file with explanations of their position in the text document in the following form. Pictures should be in jpeg format. Sources should lie below tables and charts in Arial 10 point. Footnotes should be on the page referred to in Arial 10 point. References should be at the end of the document in the following format: 

George, G.H (2015), Diversifying from Oil, Journal of Political Economy, 2 (1). pp 45-67.


Key Points 

Submitted articles should be accompanied with four key points. Each key point should be between 20 and 50 words. A typical example for an article is shown below:

  • Dubai’s manufacturing sector generated value added of AED 35.7 billion in 2016, but labour productivity at AED 139,000 per worker was relatively low compared to other sectors.
  • The sector contributed only 9.5 per cent of total value added in 2016, considerably less than the average of 16.2 per cent in in global GDP and received only 4.2 per cent of incoming FDI in the same year.
  • To stimulate industry the Emirate launched the Dubai Industrial Strategy 2030 (DIS2030) which nominates manufacturing as a strategic sector.
  • Dubai’s challenge is to transform a sector characterised by low wage labour intensive production methods with a qualitative leap depending on the growth in the total productivity of factors of production.



An abstract of around 100-150 words should be submitted along with both refereed and non-referred articles both introducing the article and providing a summary of its conclusions.

Authors Biographies  

Authors names should be provided in the style desired for publication, together with a brief biography of about 50 -75 words including current affiliation 

Page proofs

Page proofs of an article once desk top published will be sent to the first-named author (or the corresponding author if designated) who will be advised by the Journal staff on the deadline for the return of the corrected proofs. On publication a PDF copy of the Journal will be sent to each named contributor who will also receive a full year's free subscription.

Address for contributors

Please send submissions by email to:

Contributions of publication

All articles are subject to final acceptance by the Managing Editor and publication decisions are made by the members of the Editorial Advisory Board in line with the objectives of the Journal or on the basis of the advice of anonymous referees. Authors submitting a manuscript do so on the understanding that if it is published in the journal, copyright in the article, including the right to reproduce the article in all forms and media, shall be assigned exclusively to the journal. The transfer of copyright does not take effect unless and until the manuscript is accepted for publication and the author(s) notified. Authors will be asked to sign a copyright assignment form which is a condition of publication. Authors retain the right to re-use their material in future collections of their own work and their consent will be sought before granting permission to any third party to re-typeset and reprint their article in any other publication.

Journal Archive

Gulf Economics Journal Archive

The contents of all previous issues of Gulf Economics are listed below. Subscribers have access to the complete back issue archive: click on titles to view abstracts and full text of articles (PDF). If you are not a subscriber please visit our online store to order a subscription.

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