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Volume :29 Issue : 109 2003      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Future Prospects of Population Growth and Urbanization in Countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)

Auther : Saleh Al-Hathloul

                Since World War II, there has been a heated debate and numerous studies dealing with the impact of population growth on economic development and urbanization.  Emotionalism and exaggeration have characterized discussion of such relationships on all sides.  This study explores to what extent the findings of these studies may be of little relevance to the GCC Countries.  The study reveals that the influx of foreign labor in large numbers to live and work in the urban areas of these countries following the economic boom of the early seventies is among the main factors that resulted in urbanization growth rates far exceed in those of developed countries.  The major finding of the study is that GCC Countries are endowed with untapped natural resources and a relatively small population base, as such, population growth in the near future is not expected to hamper their economic growth.  As natural resources alone cannot ensure the advancement of societies, the study recommends the intensification of these countries efforts to equip their human resources in keeping up with world advancements in all technological fields.  This will definitely reduce reliance on foreign labor and create new jobs for local citizens.  In addition, the study recommends spreading development in medium and small size cities rather than concentrating it in the large Metropolitan areas.

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