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    For each market we cover, OBG produces regular economic research available on our website, by email subscription and via RSS feed. Free to access, our Economic Updates are targeted at those looking for regular comment on key sector developments.

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Economic Update | Kuwait steps up oil production

24 Sep 2013

Income from Kuwait’s hydrocarbons sector looks set to rise this year as the country ramps up oil production on the back of growing demand both locally and overseas, particularly from Asia.

Economic Update | Kuwait’s real estate market strengthens

12 Sep 2013

With rising demand for residential units starting to match interest in commercial space,
Kuwait’s real estate sector appears set to see greater activity in the second half of the year. However, high prices and a shortage of supply in some segments may put a dampener on sales growth.

Economic Update | Kuwait forges ahead with port expansion

27 Aug 2013

Government investments in the transport sector are set to expand capacity at Kuwait’s ports over the next several years. Progress is being made on the new Mubarak Al Kabeer (MAK) port, while other infrastructure projects – including a 36-km causeway that will link Shuwaikh Port with Boubyan Island – are moving ahead.

Economic Update | Kuwait looks to boost foreign investment

15 Aug 2013

While Kuwait’s FDI figures were up in 2012, far more capital still leaves the country each year than enters it. However, the government is working to reverse this, in part by improving the legal framework for foreign investment.

Economic Update | Kuwait: Health care privatisation moves ahead

2 Aug 2013

Ambitious plans to privatise segments of Kuwait’s health care services are gaining momentum as the government makes a two-fold bid to reduce waiting times at state hospitals and attract new investment for the sector.

Economic Update | Kuwait: Room for growth in insurance

18 Jul 2013

Despite new state investments in infrastructure and a steadily rising population, the insurance sector in Kuwait is expected to grow more slowly than elsewhere in the Gulf.