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United Arab Emirates

November 23, 2017

This has been the debate here—how to convince elder patriarchs that succession planning will fit with their life and afterlife. When they reach their 70s or 80s, they are preoccupied with facing God, not legacy, and so this region is at risk of losing big businesses.

The Arabian Gulf as we know it did not exist more than 50 years ago, as far as world maps were concerned, and while the region emerged in wealth due to oil and gold, the wealth was concentrated in tribal families.

April 23, 2013

The GCC might just have the highest concentration of family businesses in the world. 

Business means family business in the Gulf Cooperation Council – comprising the six states bordering the Persian Gulf, namely Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Among the best known are such firms as the Kanoo Group in Bahrain and the Al Masaood Group in the UAE. Many, such as Obeikan, the Al Khorayef Group and the Zamil Group, come from Saudi Arabia, which is by far the region’s most populous country.

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