In a blog post, the Windows Phone team announced the list of countries where Windows Phone 8 would be available.
Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman and Kuwait are among the countries slated to get both the Windows Phone 8 App Hub as well as the Marketplace.
This is definitely a step in the right direction, keeping in mind Windows Phone 7 which was not available in the Gulf.
Below is list from the Windows Team blog, subject to change. Click to expand.