GCC Countries refers to the countries supporting this Gulf Cooperation Council whereas GCC is the acronym for Gulf Cooperation Council or Gulf Co-operation Council.
- Bahrain – or Kingdom of Bahrain
- Oman – or Sultanate of Oman
- Saudi Arabia – or Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA)
- UAE – United Arab Emirates
The Gulf Cooperation Council is the short name of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (CCASG), also referred to as the Arab Gulf Cooperation Council (AGCC).
Yemen (or The Republic of Yemen) is not included although geographically it lies in the same region, sharing a land border with Oman and Saudi Arabia.
The unified economic agreement between the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council was signed on 11 November 1981 in UAE.
These GCC countries may also be called to as the GCC States.
The “Gulf” refers to the body of water known as the Arabian Gulf in Gulf Cooperation Council countries, or the Persian Gulf as referred to in many other places.
All GCC countries have part or all of their coastline in the Arabian Gulf (a section of the Musandam Peninsula belongs to Oman).
GCC citizens can usually travel freely between member states without the need for visas, or sometimes passports – a national identity card might be sufficient, at least at land border crossings.
GCC countries shared economics, politics, culture, religion.
A GCC common market was launched on 1 January 2008.
The GCC common market grants national treatment to all GCC firms and GCC citizens in any other GCC country, and in doing so removes all barriers to cross country capital expenditure and services trade.