This article was written by Karen E. Young, and originally published by Al-Monitor.

While there will continue to be a market for oil and associated petrochemical products for some time to come, the short- and medium-term opportunities in gas production will be transformational for some MENA states. For some, like Egypt and Israel, this is as a new net hydrocarbon exporter. And for others like Qatar, and neighbors UAE and Saudi Arabia, gas will be a source of longevity for resource-based income streams. The difference for the UAE is that domestic production will be combined with external investments and partnerships, creating new gas energy giants.

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