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This week on Marketplace Middle East

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  • Saudi Arabia has invested most of its oil wealth into development projects
  • In order to fund expansion, the Kingdom is dipping into its vast surpluses
  • Qatar has one of the Middle East's highest growth rates
  • The CEO of Qatar Financial Centre talks about Qatar's role in Middle Eastern finance
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(CNN) -- Facetime with Stuart Pearce, CEO, Qatar Financial Centre

Stuart Pearce, CEO of Qatar Financial Centre.

Stuart Pearce, CEO of Qatar Financial Centre, talks to MME about Qatar's role in financial services in the Middle East.

Qatar has one of the region's highest growth rates and boasts the highest per capita income in the world based on vast natural gas reserves. But as the recession hits the Middle East, the country is trying to raise its profile as a financial center within the region. MME sits down with Stuart Pearce, CEO of Qatar Financial Centre, about how the tiny state is carving out a role in financial services in the region.

In Focus -- Saudi Recession

As the world's largest oil producer, Saudi Arabia has had the good fortune to invest most of its oil wealth into development projects. But with crude prices down more than $100 from their peak, the Kingdom is dipping into its vast surpluses to fund expansion. MME takes a look at how Saudi Arabia is investing its petro-dollars and how this strategy fits into King Abdullah's reform plans.

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