Case | HBS Case Collection | February 2009 (Revised August 2010)

Saudi Arabia: Modern Reform, Enduring Stability

by Richard H. K. Vietor and Nicole Michele Forrest


This case, along with “Dubai: Global Economy” (709-043), provides an opportunity to discuss Saudi Arabia's efforts to modernize, without really Westernizing, in sharp contrast to Dubai, a nearby Arab Emirate. As Saudi Arabia's development strategy unfolds in the past six years, it is contrasted to social and political pressures within the country, volatility in global oil markets, and severe political problems in the Middle East.

Keywords: Development Economics; Non-Renewable Energy; Globalized Markets and Industries; Government and Politics; Growth and Development Strategy; Saudi Arabia; Dubai; Middle East;


Vietor, Richard H. K., and Nicole Michele Forrest. "Saudi Arabia: Modern Reform, Enduring Stability." Harvard Business School Case 709-042, February 2009. (Revised August 2010.)