Amwal AlKhaleej

What Upheaval in the Middle East Means for Business

The events in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are bringing historical political and social changes. But what do they mean for business? To gain some perspective, Knowledge@Wharton spoke with Wharton finance professor Bulent Gultekin and Fadi Arbid, CEO of Amwal AlKhaleej, a leading private equity firm in the region. In the podcast below, Gultekin says expects short-term “volatility and uncertainty, but in the long run I think things will settle down and probably there will be economic reforms … provided that political reforms go smoothly….” Arbid suggests that the current upheavals will speed up economic reforms already underway. One concrete change: Dubai is likely to gain as a center for banking and expatriots at the expense of Bahrain.

Citing Knowledge@Wharton


For Personal use:

Please use the following citations to quote for personal use:


"What Upheaval in the Middle East Means for Business." Knowledge@Wharton. The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 06 May, 2011. Web. 27 July, 2021 <>


What Upheaval in the Middle East Means for Business. Knowledge@Wharton (2011, May 06). Retrieved from


"What Upheaval in the Middle East Means for Business" Knowledge@Wharton, May 06, 2011,
accessed July 27, 2021.

For Educational/Business use:

Please contact us for repurposing articles, podcasts, or videos using our content licensing contact form.