Research, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and the Rentier Culture in the Arab Countries

  • Omar Bizri
Part of the Innovation, Technology, and Knowledge Management book series (ITKM)


While the average age varies from one country to another, collectively the Arabs constitute one of the world’s most youthful populations. For Arab governments with few or no social services, dysfunctional educational systems and inadequate innovation and entrepreneurial capabilities, their young populations are rapidly turning from an onerous burden into a grave menace. This chapter reviews a number of critical challenges that need to be addressed to rectify the situation, with special emphasis on the GCC countries and with reference to the rentier culture that pervades many walks of life across the region. Compounded by persistent ethnic, religious and political conflict, it is argued that this culture is seriously undermining research, innovation, and entrepreneurship capabilities. Nothing less than a radical overhaul of governance procedures and institutional arrangements is required to turn the numerous challenges facing the region into opportunities and long lasting benefits.


Gross Domestic Product Saudi Arabia Arab Country Multidimensional Poverty Gulf Cooperation Council 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Former Head of the ESCWA Unit on Science and TechnologyInternational consultant (Lebanon)BeirutLebanon

Personalised recommendations