It's no secret that the Middle East is home to a huge bank of oil and natural gas reserves. In fact the region supplies a significant proportion of the world's energy needs. Although oil is very important, it is not the only industry driving growth. In 2008 alone growth from industries excluding oil was between 5-6% in the region1.
GDP growth for the Greater Middle East is predicted to be 4-5% over the next three years2, a significantly faster rate than the global average. It is this long-term growth that makes the Middle East a highly attractive investment opportunity.
As well as experiencing long-term growth, the Middle East offers excellent diversification benefits. Traditionally the region has had a low correlation to global stockmarkets meaning that setbacks in the global economy may not be felt as strongly in the Middle East3.
Find out how you can take advantage of the investment opportunities in the Middle East with Schroder ISF Middle East.
1Source: EFG Hermes, December 2009
2Source: HSBC, December 2009
3Source: Bloomberg, Schroders, data as at 31 August 2009
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