Gulf nations gritting teeth for tough times

Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE forecast to lose US$350b a year

Kuwait City

GULF countries are bracing themselves for tough times as vital oil revenues fall and after they missed a golden opportunity to diversify their economies in a decade of unprecedented windfalls, analysts say.

Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates - which form the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) - could soon start reeling from falling oil prices, which have dropped by half from their 2014 highs to around US$60 a barrel.

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