More than $1 trillion of investments are needed by 2030 to meet demand for gas and electricity in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena), according to analysis by IHS.
Sharing its perspective during Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC 2013), IHS said soon nearly 50 per cent of Mena's economic growth will come from the GCC states.
Demand for natural gas in GCC countries will rise more than 50pc by 2030, from 256 billion cubic metres in 2011 to 400 bcm in 2030.
At the same time, demand for oil from the GCC will also grow by more than 50pc by 2030, from around four million barrels per day (bpd) to more than 6.2m bpd.
"Recent political events in Egypt and geopolitical developments in Iran  are unlikely to change the need for investment in the Mena region," IHS Energy director Leila Benali said.
"On the contrary, leaders in the region want to keep the oil and gas flowing, keep the lights on and their economies growing.
Today the GCC delivers 60pc ($1.6trn) of all economic activity in the Middle East.