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Oil at $50 Is ‘Gift to World’ as Abu Dhabi Sees Higher Prices

Oil at $50 a barrel is a “gift to the world” as prices should be low enough to spur economic growth, according to the head of Abu Dhabi’s Department of Economic Development.

Prices will probably be at $60 next year, after hitting bottom at $45, Ali Al Mansoori, the department’s chairman, said in an interview Sunday in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, the fourth-largest oil producer in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. Brent crude has dropped 16 percent this year amid a global oversupply and was trading at $48.02 a barrel at 10:16 a.m. Hong Kong time.

“It is a gift to the world that oil has dropped to $50,” Al Mansoori said. “Would we like for oil to stay at $50? Absolutely not. We...