The Role of Oman’s Diasporic Business Networks in Circumventing the Qatar Blockade

    A SHY AND MATURE STATE IN THE GCC Of all the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, the Sultanate of Oman has remained by far the least visible in the international domain. Despite shared economic and political features, including an oil-based economy and monarchic rule, Oman has shied away from the infrastructural, political, … Continue reading The Role of Oman’s Diasporic Business Networks in Circumventing the Qatar Blockade

Migrant Micro Entrepreneurship: Business Ingenuity trumps Risks

I am enamored by migrants who are micro-entrepreneurs, who have their feet on the ground, understand the dynamics of the local market better than any macro economist. The dissecting of the contraction of the market in the light of the low oil prices, although the prices are high enough Hallelujah, is stunning as these guys … Continue reading Migrant Micro Entrepreneurship: Business Ingenuity trumps Risks

Intermixing Entertainment and Geopolitics: Movies as a Medium of Soft Power in Gulf

It is a balmy summer gulf evening, and as I walked into a dhobi shop [laundry] to deposit my weekly bag of clothes, I encountered Ram Milanjee [1], a stocky man in his late forties. He was watching a Bollywood film from the eighties, on his smartphone. Mumbai-bred Milanjee, now based in Lucknow, stores his favorite … Continue reading Intermixing Entertainment and Geopolitics: Movies as a Medium of Soft Power in Gulf