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GRC was founded in July 2000 by Dr. Abdulaziz Sager, a Saudi businessman. Dr. Sager's vision was to fill an important void and to conduct scholarly, high quality research on all aspects of the wider strategic Gulf region including the GCC countries as well as Iran, Iraq and Yemen. GRC operates on an independent, non-profit basis.

Its belief is that everyone has the right to access knowledge, so it has made all its research available to the general public through publications, workshops, seminars, and conferences. As a non-profit organization, GRC injects all income back into new programs and activities.


To be the leading think tank on Gulf affairs worldwide.


To provide an Arab Gulf perspective on regional and global developments in order to promote regional peace and stability and positively influence the policy processes of local, regional and external actors.


GRC believes that the peace, security, prosperity and sustainability of the Gulf region is the right of its people, together with the right of everyone to have access to knowledge.


To realize its vision, the GRC focuses on the following objectives:

  • Promote communication and cooperation among GCC citizens to facilitate reforms in the region and secure a better future.
  • Publish and distribute relevant and useful information and data on the GCC states within and outside the region so as to enhance knowledge and understanding.
  • Provide education and training solutions through implementing a 'Knowledge Program' which targets higher management circles.
  • Prepare studies and offer expert consultations to governmental and non-governmental organizations in fields linked with the Center's primary areas of focus.

Competences & Key Facts

  • A unique and unparalleled perspective from the Gulf region
  • Proven track record with extensive experience
  • Global recognition
  • Successful project completion
  • Worldwide network
  • Solid government consulting
  • In-depth GCC knowledge and resources
  • Results-driven and results-oriented
  • Strong institutional think tank culture


Contributors from within the GRC and its network of experts create the content, which is then disseminated through a variety of channels, and made available to those interested in the study and development of the region. In many cases, members of the community contribute to the Center's research activities, thus completing this creative cycle

A Solid Local Foundation & a Global Network

GRC Global Network

  • Network of more than 95 cooperation partners worldwide across a broad spectrum of expertise
  • Work with institutions at many different levels including multinational, government and civil society.
  • Use of international experiences to produce local solutions that relate to regional environment.
  • Ability to combine in-house expertise with a world-class network to produce compre-hensive approaches and solutions.
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GRC In-House Experience

  • Design of a Center for Economic and Social Policies in Arab Countries for the UN Office of Project Services, including: mission/objectives; activities, policies & procedures; organization & administration; HR; legal; costing; and ICT
  • Excellent organizational conceptualization, analysis, design, implementation, fine- tuning and restructuring based on 16 years experience with GRC, GRC Foundation and GRC Cambridge
  • Significant system modeling and analysis experience representing system structures, functions and information flows simultaneously
  • Development and ICT-based automation of organizational workflows to define and track complex organizational tasks