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The fight for economic job opportunities in the Middle East

When it comes to economic success, it is no secret that some parts of the world have stronger and more consistent success with job opportunities than others. It is common knowledge that economic opportunities are far more common in the western countries of the world than they are in areas like the Middle East and Southeast Asia. The way of the world has erupted so that western societies – which are in a more natural position for economic growth – tend to thrive on their success, always building it up further and further. On the other hand, countries that are generally out of that western societal ideal have had to be more creative, more determined, and more driven to achieve a remnant of the same economic success that their western counterparts have been privy to for the longest time. Wholly, the global economy has been on the upswing with boundless job opportunities, as explained in the Edureka career guide. However, the economy in parts of the world like the Middle East is still struggling under the weight of issues like limited opportunity and gender bias.

The current economic situation in the Middle East is one that has been a constant battle for integration of more ensured stability for citizens both economically and wholly. Parts of the world like the Middle East are no stranger to economic (or political, for that matter) conflicts that cause chaos and uncertainty on the streets and in the air. The unstable environments in the Middle East cause individuals to feel threatened, trapped, and lost – and these are all feelings that can compile to create a messier environment again. Rising conflicts and poverty have led to a dramatic increase in the number of international migrants in recent years (20%, totalling 280 million current international migrants, to be example). With so many individuals fleeing their respective home countries, there was always going to be a further significant rise in the issues with those home countries’ economic stance. The stark differences between the economic, political, and general state of environment between areas of the world like the Middle East and more western societies (think the USA, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand) are astonishing – in all the worst ways.

The imbalance of any economy is always cause for concern, but it is perhaps nowhere as brutal as it is in the Middle East. There is a belief that the poor economic performance of the Middle East is a key factor behind the political instability in the region. The Middle East has had to struggle for every single opportunity – economic or otherwise – that it has been awarded, and the imbalance has caused various uprisings and unrest in that part of the world. Despite the unrelenting efforts of multiple companies and institutions striving to bring balance to the economic state of the region of the Middle East, there is so much work still to be done. The actions and plans laid down today will have profound impact on the economic performance of the Middle East, as well as fostering long-term dividends in economic potential and national efforts in the sector. Currently, even in the countries in the Middle East that are lucky enough to have natural resources at their disposal, there is a definitive push for a more diverse economy.

That economy should include equal economic rights and successes for women, as well as men. Over the last few years, there has been a steady rise in awareness and open discussion about gender equality in the economic landscape. This pointed conversation has served as the strong foundation for practices and improvisations to begin making their way into the economic environments around the world. but even these recent developments have been limited greatly to western societies. In short, women's access to economic opportunities in the Middle East have been historically limited, and still is. In terms of solving this particular gap in gender-equal economy in the Middle East, the answer lies in localisation and community ownership. At the most basic level, localisation allows the address of policy areas like enabling business environments, key supporting market organisations, and the role of the private sector.

Around the world, economic stability and success differs depending on where in the world one happens to be situated. It is common knowledge that the western countries of the world have experienced a continuous influx of economic stability and consequential success. On the other hand, areas of the world like the Middle East have struggled for every opportunity they have – economic or otherwise. The imbalance has been the root cause of much unrest throughout the area, and while there are some select companies and institutions going above and beyond to bring economic balance to the Middle East, there is much work to be done. The reality is that this is an issue that demands global attention and assistance, and we can no longer ignore the overwhelming issue.

This article does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editors or management of EconoTimes.

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