Diversification and Specialisation in the Gulf’s Digitised Creative Sectors

  • Náder Alyani
Part of the The Political Economy of the Middle East book series (PEME)


We explore the need to integrate sectoral learning and skills development into sectoral policies, particularly in priority sectors with significant potentials to contribute to economic diversification, whilst simultaneously moving towards sectoral specialisation. We first provide a circumscribed review of the creative sector as a potential employment-creating sector, specifically in the digitised creative segment in Iran, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates (UAE), focusing on the learning and upskilling required for innovating in the nascent creative sub-sectors. Secondly, exploring the in-situ learning episodes within a conceptual model, we point to the prominent use of skill webs as means of in-project upskilling and a resource for development of interprofessional learning and judgement capability which forms a core ingredient for innovation. Lastly, the final section briefly points to recent policy vistas and concludes.


Economic diversification and specialisation Digitised creative sectors Human capital development Innovation and learning Skill webs Interprofessional judgement Policy risk 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Náder Alyani
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.College of Business AdministrationPrince Mohammad Bin Fahd University (PMU)KhobarSaudi Arabia
  2. 2.LLAKES Centre, UCL IOEUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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