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Gulf states ride out worst of the storm

Sectors such as tourism have been mauled in the wake of September 11 events. Yet the broader regional economy is coming through that crisis and the global downturn in far better shape than during the Gulf War. Low oil prices are a concern. But, with confidence intact, capital is returning to local markets as a result of poor returns elsewhere and major project finance deals are under way.

Saudi Arabia resisted the temptation to overspend
as the oil price rose and this may help it now, as the price falls

A senior banker considering a business trip in the wake of September 11 is hesitant. "Some of the stories I have heard about the way fellow nationals have been treated make me nervous about travelling there," he says.

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