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Evaluation of Government Housing Policies in the gulf region
Paper Proposal Text :
Few weeks after Arab Spring took place in different Arab countries like Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and even closer in Yemen. Gulf governments realized the fact that social and economic injustices can lead to serious political instabilities.
Some Gulf citizens felt these injustices as they think that some expatriates are making use of emerging opportunities better than they can do and hence they are enjoying better life.
Housing, according to nationals of Gulf countries, is the most expensive item to buy or build, some national youth delay their marriage decisions due to the absence of residence, given the fact that Gulf national population are facing a culture constraints that they cannot easily adapt with life in skyscrapers or small apartments, they used to live in an open houses with one to two floors at maximum or at least this is what house means to them.
Although most of gulf countries especially Qatar and United Arab Emirates are enhancing the quality of Buildings and develop new types of prime construction like green buildings and smart buildings, most of Gulf nationals are facing the issue of availability of houses with even average level of quality.
This paper reviews the formal housing policies of gulf countries, through analyzing the housing laws, regulations and strategies that targets local population. And it compares these policies to its application depending on data availability. This paper answers the following questions?
How Gulf Countries Governments planned the housing policy?
Are these policies managed to offer adequate houses for local population?
How Gulf people perceive government efforts in housing service?

The data sources of this study will include the formal published strategies and statistics announced by Housing Ministries and departments in Gulf countries especially Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Oman, pervious studies and reports on housing issues in Gulf countries, published articles and news about housing in gulf, and some interviews with Gulf Nationals when possible.

Finally, the paper will end up with set of recommendations on how gulf countries can develop housing policies in a way that expand population choices, and make the chance of owing a house equally available to all nationals.