Almost as if on queue, I bumped into this interesting piece of information:
In January of 2006, the Khaleej Times interviewed a high-ranking member of Lebanon's Contractor Association by the name of Sa'did Fathah. Mr. Fathah claims that over 9,000 Lebanese construction engineers are currently employed in the Gulf, and that 3,000 of those were hired in either 2004 or 2005.
Of course, statistics in Lebanon are almost unheard of... so this man's claims stand out because he presents numbers. But, to be honest with you, the impression I get is that the numbers he presents are quite miniscule.