1. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Jean Imbs, professor of economics at New York University Abu Dhabi:
"The reason why I think that is less of a worry than elsewhere is, if and when the economy starts again, the price of oil is actually going to go up quite, I think, drastically and quite quickly. And then the economic activity of this region is actually going to benefit tremendously from that. That's the sense in which there's a resilience here that you do not have in the West, for example, Europe or the U.S."
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Jean Imbs, professor of economics at New York University Abu Dhabi:
"You can see how the crisis is going to be much, much, much harder to weather in a country that has a large population that has less oil revenue per capita, cue, Algeria. And actually, it's going to be a double whammy aspect because it's also going to be very hard for these countries that do have a very large population to simply put a cap on the spread of COVID-19."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Jean Imbs, professor of economics at New York University Abu Dhabi:
"The monetary policy lever is there, but it's pretty risky in these countries to engage into large monetary expansions because it creates the danger of inflation and in particular the danger that these central banks lose the little bit of credibility they have."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Jean Imbs, professor of economics at New York University Abu Dhabi:
"The problem with a large fiscal expansion in these economies is that, it's likely not to be credible in the sense that it's not clear how Algeria would be able to pay back an amount of debt akin, I don't know, about 20% of its GDP, which is what it would have perhaps to borrow to do the same thing as what the U.S. is doing."
As the coronavirus batters and stalls economies around the world, some countries in the Middle East will face a bumpy road to recovery, an analyst says.
Others feel a sense of confidence because of the economic benefits they expect to reap once economies reboot and oil prices climb.
While the world holds it breath to see just how far-reaching the coronavirus pandemic will slow economies, an analyst talks about the prospects for recovery in the Middle East region.
The impact on economies will not be the same across the region, with factors such as population size and oil resources coming into play.
Oil prices are expected to climb "drastically and quite quickly" when economic activity restarts, says economic analyst Jean Imbs.
"Then the economic activity of this region is actually going to benefit tremendously from that," he adds.
Countries that are expecting to bank on the potential surge on oil prices are facing the economic uncertainty with a sense of resilience, Imbs says.
But countries with a larger population will face a double challenge when it comes to to bouncing back from the economic slowdown.
"The crisis is going to be much, much, much harder to weather in a country that has a large population that has less oil revenue per capita," Imbs says.
"It's going to be a double whammy aspect," he says, because the virus will be harder to control in more densely populated countries.
The Middle East, already wracked by high numbers of unemployed youth, unrest, conflict and large numbers of refugees, will sink into a recession this year sparked by the double shock of the coronavirus outbreak and low oil prices, the International Monetary Fund said earlier this month.
The impact of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, threatens to leave in its wake significant economic turmoil across the region, the international lender says.
If governments mishandle the outbreak, the IMF warns this will sow the seeds for even more social unrest and instability.
Another issue facing the Middle East is the inability to create fiscal policies to help people, the way the U.S. and some European countries have.
The U.S. signed into law an unprecedented $2.2 trillion economic rescue package to help Americans struggling through this economic crisis.
Imbs says this is not feasible in many Middle Eastern countries without further hurting their economies.
Beaten down by the coronavirus, the International Monetary Fund says the world economy in 2020 will suffer its worst year since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
Globally, the IMF expects the world's economy to shrink 3% this year before rebounding in 2021 with 5.8% growth.
Prospects for a rebound, however, are far from certain.