People gather outside a sales office of Dubai's Emaar Properties that provides information and allows customers to reserve properties as part of the architectural project 'Downtown Erbil' on October 27, 2013 in Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq. The 10-year project that aims to create the framework for a new city center that will support the growth of the city and the region will be realized by Emaar. (AFP/Getty Images)
The small kingdom is among the most economically vulnerable of the GCC states, with high debt levels, low reserves and slow GDP growth. But it has identified jewels in its accelerating non-oil economy that will help it forge a new path for the future.