Population growth in ME biggest threat to stability

DUBAI — Population growth is the biggest threat to stability in the Middle East, according to a report from Meed released this week.

By (Staff report)

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Published: Thu 26 Apr 2007, 8:50 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 9:17 PM

The region's burgeoning population "has had a knock-on effect in terms of the extra demands on power and water, healthcare and education. In many ways, the region is becoming a victim of its own success, " said Meed's editor-in-chief, Sean Brierley.

He also said: "Our research indicates that, although Middle East economies have experienced an unprecedented boom and an enormous increase in absolute wealth, the population explosion in key economies such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Iran has meant that per capita wealth is being suppressed.

In an exclusive survey of more than 200 business and political leaders in the Middle East and North Africa, Meed found that the biggest challenge facing the region's governments is providing employment opportunities for the Middle East's fast growing labour force.

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