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Main article: "GCC Patent Office

The GCC Patent Office was approved in 1992 and established soon after in "Riyadh, "Saudi Arabia.[33] Applications are filed and prosecuted in the "Arabic language before the GCC Patent Office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, which is a separate office from the Saudi Arabian Patent Office.

Peninsula Shield Force[edit]

Peninsula Shield Force

Amidst the "Bahraini uprising, Saudi Arabia and the UAE sent "ground troops to Bahrain in order to protect vital infrastructure such as the airport and highway system.[9][34][35][36] Kuwait and Oman refrained from sending troops.[9][37] Instead, Kuwait sent a "navy unit.[38]

In September 2014 GCC members Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE, Qatar plus pending member Jordan, commenced air operations against "ISIL in Syria.[39] Saudi Arabia and the UAE however are among the nations that oppose the "Muslim Brotherhood in Syria, whereas Qatar has historically supported it. They also pledged other support including operating training facilities for Syrian rebels (Saudi Arabia)[40] and allowing the use of their airbases by other countries fighting ISIL.

GCC Standardization Organization (GSO)[edit]

GCC Standardization Organization

This is the standardization organization of the GCC, and "Yemen also belongs to this organization.[41]

Gulf Organization for Industrial Consulting (GOIC)[edit]

Gulf Organization for Industrial Consulting

The "Gulf Organization for Industrial Consulting (GOIC) was founded in 1976 by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states: The United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait, and in 2009, Yemen joined the Organization is headquartered at Doha Qatar. The organization chart of GOIC includes the Board members and the General Secretariat. The Board is formed by member state representatives appointed by their governments.[42]


Tenure Name Country
26 May 1981 – April 1993 "Abdullah Bishara[43] "Kuwait
April 1993 – April 1996 "Fahim bin Sultan Al Qasimi[44] "United Arab Emirates
April 1996 – 31 March 2002 "Jamil Ibrahim Hejailan[45] "Saudi Arabia
1 April 2002 – 31 March 2011 "Abdul Rahman bin Hamad Al Attiyah[46] "Qatar
1 April 2011 – present "Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani "Bahrain

Member states[edit]

There are six "member states of the union:

Flag Common name Official name Type of government
in "English in "romanized "Arabic
"Bahrain "Bahrain Kingdom of Bahrain Mamlakat al-Baḥrayn "Constitutional monarchy
"Kuwait "Kuwait State of Kuwait Dawlat al-Kuwayt "Parliamentary system, constitutional monarchy
"Oman "Oman Sultanate of Oman Salṭanat ʻUmān "Absolute monarchy
"Qatar "Qatar State of Qatar Dawlat Qaṭar Constitutional monarchy
"Saudi Arabia "Saudi Arabia Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Al-Mamlaka al-ʻArabiyya as-Suʻūdiyya Absolute monarchy
"United Arab Emirates "United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates Al-Imārāt al-‘Arabīyah al-Muttaḥidah "Federal monarchya
a Elective by monarchs "de jure, hereditary "de facto.

Macro-economic trend[edit]

GDP per capita
(as % of "USA's GDP per capita)
1980 $250,675 152.00
1985 $183,069 60.19
1990 $207,735 41.28
1995 $261,072 37.10
2000 $375,483 36.26
2005 $664,582 45.19
2010 $1,084,647 56.56


The union has served as a grouping for sports co-operation and competition. The GCC states have an annual Meeting of the Youth and Sports ministers to boost youth and sports initiatives in the region; in 2015, this gathering was held for the 29th time.[47] The promotion of the hosting of international sports events has also served an economic purpose for the union's countries, leading to investment and development in the region.[48]

The GCC Games, a quadrennial "multi-sport event, was established by the union and first held in "2011.[49] There are numerous long-running GCC Championships for individual sports, including: the "Gulf Cooperation Council Athletics Championships (first held in 1986; "youth section from 2000)[50] sailing,[51] basketball,[52] swimming,[53] tennis,[54] gymnastics (senior and youth levels),[55][56] weightlifting,[57] futsal,[58] snooker,[59] and table tennis.[60]

2014 Saudi–Qatari rift[edit]

Qatar's support for the "Muslim Brotherhood across the "MENA area, "Hamas and radical Islamists in Libya have led to increasing tensions with other "Arab states of the Persian Gulf.[61][62][63] These came to a head during a March 2014 meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council, after which the "UAE, "Saudi Arabia and "Bahrain announced the recall of their ambassadors to Qatar.[64][65][66]

Some "financial economists have interpreted the 2014 Saudi–Qatari rift as the tangible political sign of a growing economic rivalry between oil and "natural gas producers, which could "have deep and long-lasting consequences" beyond the MENA area.[67]

When the ambassadors withdrew, the GCC was probably already on the verge of a crisis linked to the emergence of distinct political blocs with conflicting interests. Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain were beginning to engage in a political struggle with Qatar, while Oman and Kuwait represent a non-aligned bloc within the GCC.[68] The ambassadors crisis also seriously threatened the GCC’s activities, adversely affected its functioning and could arguably even have led to its dissolution.[68]

Related states[edit]

Since the creation of the council in 1981 its membership has not expanded, with all members being Arab monarchies.[69]

Some GCC countries have land borders with "Iraq, "Jordan and "Yemen, and sea borders with "Iran, "Egypt, "Sudan, "Eritrea, "Djibouti, "Somalia, and "Pakistan.


Only "Sinai peninsula lies in the "Arabian peninsula, "Bahrain has been vocal about its stance on Egypt joining the GCC, in 2011, Bahraini Foreign Minister has called for "Egypt to be admitted as a member of the GCC.[70]


"Iraq is the only Arab country bordering the Persian Gulf that is not a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council. In 2012, Iraqi Defence Minister "Saadoun al-Dulaimi stated that Iraq wants to join the GCC.[71] Kuwait supports Iraq joining the GCC.[72] The lack of membership of Iraq is widely believed to be due to the low-income economy, its substantial Shia population, its republican political system, and its "invasion of member state Kuwait during the "Gulf War.["citation needed]


At the December 2012 Manama summit, the GCC states called for an end to Iranian interference in their internal affairs.[73]

Jordan and Morocco[edit]

In May 2011, "Jordan's request to join the GCC, which had been first submitted 15 years earlier, was accepted and "Morocco was invited to join the union.[74][75][76] In September 2011 a five-year economic plan for both countries was put forward after a meeting between the foreign ministers of both countries and those of the GCC States, the first GCC meeting since May which included the Jordanian and Moroccan ministers. Although a plan for accession was being looked into, it was noted that there was no timetable for either's accession, and that discussions would continue.[69]

As Jordan and Morocco are the only two Arab monarchies not currently in the council, the current members see them as strong potential allies. Jordan borders member Saudi Arabia and is economically connected to the Persian Gulf States. Although Morocco is not near the Persian Gulf, the Moroccan foreign minister "Taieb Fassi Fihri notes that "geographical distance is no obstacle to a strong relationship".[69]


"Yemen was in negotiations for GCC membership, and hoped to join by 2015. Although it has no coastline on the "Persian Gulf, Yemen lies in the "Arabian Peninsula and shares a common culture and history with other members of the GCC.[8] The GCC has already approved Yemen's accession to the GCC Standardization Authority, "Gulf Organization for Industrial Consulting (GOIC),[77] GCC Auditing and Accounting Authority, Gulf Radio and TV Authority, GCC Council of Health Ministers, GCC Education and Training Bureau, GCC Council of Labour and Social Affairs Ministers, and "Gulf Cup Football Tournament. The Council issued directives that all the necessary legal measures be taken so that Yemen would have the same rights and obligations of GCC member states in those institutions.[78]

Related organizations[edit]

The GCC members and Yemen are also members of the "Greater Arab Free Trade Area (GAFTA). However, this is unlikely to affect the agenda of the GCC significantly as it has a more aggressive timetable than GAFTA and is seeking greater integration.

See also[edit]


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