This is the first book-length empirical study of free zones (FZs) in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. The volume systematically illustrates the development processes behind FZs in Gulf Arab states and assesses the impact of these commercial entities on regional integration, global trade and investment trends, and the Gulf’s foreign relations. FZ development is an under-examined topic in the wider literature on the Gulf. The empirical findings and theoretical implications of the work therefore constitute a valuable addition to prevailing political economy debates concerning the Gulf region. The work maps how economic strategies involving FZs unfold in the presence of available resources on a local level while also demonstrating the ways in which development paths are shaped by the relationship of Gulf Arab states to regional and global accumulation circuits.