The prospect of infrastructure public-private partnerships in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar: Transforming challenges into opportunities

Mhamed Biygautane, Graeme Hodge, Paula Gerber

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This article examines the prospect of using infrastructure public-private partnerships (PPPs) within Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar in light of the drastic drop in oil prices since mid-2014. It argues that, while PPPs appear to be a strategic policy option for the three Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states to tackle growing fiscal deficits, these states are constrained by numerous governance-related, administrative, and regulatory challenges that make PPPs problematic. Effective implementation of the inherently complex and contractual PPP policy requires addressing the existing institutional, economic, bureaucratic, and cultural constraints within these three states. This article concludes with recommendations to mitigate these challenges, that require serious political will and sufficient time to yield positive results, and to attract international investors and contractors to the Gulf region.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)329-346
Number of pages18
JournalThunderbird International Business Review
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2018


  • Challenges and opportunities
  • Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar
  • Private sector
  • Public-private partnerships

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