This article originally appeared in Gulf News on 31st December 2015
The Middle East’s demographic time bomb is well known.
According to the World Economic Forum, the region of around 370 million people is home to 40 million underemployed youth and boasts the world’s highest youth unemployment rate of 27 per cent.
In the Gulf, the figures are lower, as bloated public sectors have absorbed the stream of graduates pouring out of schools and universities. Over half of the population today is under the age of 30, implying a growing labour force for decades to come.