CHAPTER 99

THE MIDDLE EAST

ADAM RAMPTON, FOUZI ABDULRAHMAN BUBSHAIT, AND ANDREW LINDSAY COX

The 2012 HR Competency Study 6 was conducted during a period of significant social and economic change in the Middle East as a whole, including the region covered in this chapter: the Gulf Cooperative Council (GCC) countries—Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Oman.1 Political observers point to an undercurrent of cultural change driven largely by unrestrained sharing of information through easier access to global media, the Internet, and various forms of social networking, such as Twitter and Facebook.2 The expectation is that the GCC will see increasing demands for social reform and a more rapid move toward democratic ...

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