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