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The aim of this paper is to discuss the importance of data mining in sustaining development in GCC countries. As a new technique, data mining enhances the potential of knowledge discovery for improving environmental management and facilitating socio-economic transformation. Knowledge creation and information dissemination have become necessary for human endeavors. In the Arab world, the digital divide remains a matter of concern to policy makers, businesses and academicians. Building capacity driven by modern ICTs could help in closing the knowledge gap and sustain development.