'Big challenges' in Middle East shale gas quest
1 June 2013 Last updated at 09:47 BST
While many Gulf states are oil rich, natural gas is in shorter supply.
Countries like Kuwait and Saudi Arabia want to find and exploit shale gas reserves - inspired by a shale revolution in the US.
But is there enough enthusiasm to see it through and is there adequate water to make the already-controversial fracking process viable?
Chris Faulkner, CEO of Breitling Energy, spoke to Middle East Business Report.
He explained that a number of "big challenges" would have to be overcome in order to harvest shale gas in the Middle East.