A gradual reversal of oil output cuts for some GCC economies, together with eventual rate cuts, is likely to propel growth in the region by just under 3% in 2024, shrugging off the slowing global economy.
This is according to Samy Chaar, Chief Economist at Lombard Odier, who sheds light on the economic outlook in the Middle East and what to expect in 2024.
Amid elevated geopolitical risks, but with slowing global demand growth and ample supply, Lombard Odier expects Brent crude to trade in a $80-90 per barrel range this year with risks to the downside in coming months, then towards the middle of the range from mid-year.
Inflation rates in the region are expected to dip, following the recent rapid interest rate hiking cycles. In the coming months, the region’s monetary authorities might intervene in the money market to cap intermittent liquidity squeezes.
In the UAE, authorities will be ready to adjust real estate sector regulations instead of monetary policy to limit the downside risks in Dubai property prices that are likely to see the negative impact of rising rates.
Diversification away from hydrocarbon production will be key to the region’s economic prospects, where National ‘Visions’ will act as catalysts for coordinated investments into non-oil and gas sectors.
In Saudi Arabia, investments in tourism and entertainment sectors will continue to accelerate in 2024. Public sector investments in the UAE will continue to jump as the country leads the region in solar energy investment.--TradeArabia News Service