Summary: This paper synthesizes the results of those national reports, giving a comparative account of the performance of the four creative industries in these Arab countries. The overall results of the study suggest that creative industries in Arab countries are substantially underdeveloped, and there remains a great potential that should systematically be mobilized. A discussion of how this can be achieved is offered, based upon a well-designed and implemented process of upgrading and innovation in companies, industries and clusters related to creative activities.
Introduction: The latest United Nations Creative Economy Report (2008) defines the creative industries as being “the cycles of creation, production, and distribution of goods and services that use creativity and intellectual capital as primary inputs. They constitute a set of knowledge-based activities, focused on but not limited to arts, potentially generating revenues from trade and intellectual property right. They comprise tangible products and intangible intellectual or artistic services with creative content, economic value and market objectives. Click here to read more on Creative Industries