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Oman signs industrial estate contracts

Oman signs industrial estate contracts Subscription Required

15 April 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

New industrial areas to be ready by end of 2016

Pet plant

Oman to complete Liwa Plastics financing soon Subscription Required

15 April 2015 | By Mark Watts

Orpic to speak with banks in May-June to raise capital for $3.6bn petrochemicals project

Karbala in Iraq

Karbala to build industrial city Subscription Required

13 April 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Iraq province hoping to attract foreign direct investment in manufacturing

Former US President Bill Clinton at a Clinton Global Initiative meeting

OCP donates to Clinton Foundation Subscription Required

13 April 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Donation from Moroccan phosphate company comes in run-up to US election

Tear gas

Demand for tear gas in the Middle East surges Subscription Required

13 April 2015 | By Wil Crisp

One of the world’s biggest manufacturers says 2015 sales will break records

US Deputy Secretary of State Anthony Blinken

US to double military aid to Tunisia Subscription Required

13 April 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Growing instability on Tunisia’s border threatens domestic security

Steel production

United Iron & Steel starts Abu Dhabi plant construction Subscription Required

12 April 2015 | By Mark Watts

Two phases of galvanised steel operation expected to cost AED1bn

Power

Dubal invites bids for power plant expansion Subscription Required

9 April 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Project will expand captive power plant capacity for aluminium producer

Tacaamol has received technical proposals from companies bidding for the offsites and utilities package of its planned petrochemicals complex in Ruwais

Bids in for Tacaamol's offsites and utilities package Subscription Required

8 April 2015 | By Mark Watts

Commercial bids for both petrochemicals complex packages expected in second half of 2015

Cement plant

Contracting and materials drive Senaat profit in 2014 Subscription Required

5 April 2015 | By Mark Watts

NPCC and Arkan underpin 9 per cent income growth for Abu Dhabi industrial group

Cement

Qalaa looks to invest in Egyptian cement Subscription Required

31 March 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Managing director says company is expecting increased demand

Petchems

Al-Zour study time frame outlined Subscription Required

30 March 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Plans for petrochemical integration are in the prefeasibility phase

Mining

Slow progress frustrates Egyptian miners Subscription Required

26 March 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Egyptian Mineral Resources Authority yet to make decision

Firms prequalify for Salalah ammonia plant

Firms prequalify for Salalah ammonia plant Subscription Required

19 March 2015 | By Mark Watts

Takamul expected to tender chemicals project in second quarter

AC

Johnson Controls plans Saudi plant Subscription Required

16 March 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Facility at King Abdullah Economic City will make equipment for the HVAC industry  

Egypt expects car market to double in five years

Egypt expects car market to double in five years Subscription Required

15 March 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Trade and Industry Ministry working on incentives for carmakers

Lafarge signs waste agreement with Orascom

Lafarge signs waste agreement with Orascom Subscription Required

15 March 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

Orascom to provide waste for clean energy production

Local firms to join Arabtec Egypt housing scheme

Suez Canal Zone masterplan unveiled Subscription Required

15 March 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Scheme involves six ports along canal in Egypt

Egypt power

GE to invest $200m for manufacturing facility in Egypt

13 March 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Facility will create 500 skilled jobs for Egyptian nationals

Saudi Defence Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud (C) at a defence exhibition in February

Saudi Arabia now largest defence spender Subscription Required

8 March 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Kingdom replaces India and is expected to invest even more in 2015

Comment

Petrochemicals

Petrochemicals will consolidate Subscription Required

17 March 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Second half of the decade will be a quiet period for the sector

Jubail sets example for Saudi industrial plans

Jubail sets example for Saudi industrial plans Subscription Required

11 March 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

City presents a blueprint for other projects to follow

Qatar makes hard decisions on petrochemicals

Qatar makes hard decisions Subscription Required

20 January 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Cancelling the Al-Karaana petrochemicals project is a big decision, but sends an ominous warning to contractors

No other commodity is more closely linked to global economics as steel

Ensuring a fair market for steel Subscription Required

22 December 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

Legislation is vital to safeguard one of the region’s most important heavy industries

Analysis

Largest defence budgets 2014

Joint Arab force gains traction Subscription Required

14 April 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Critics warn that a pan-Arab military force runs the risk of becoming a Sunni-led regional superpower unless properly governed

Jubail

Saudi industrial city developments progressing Subscription Required

9 March 2015

The kingdom is spending $11bn to develop downstream, housing and education facilities in the Eastern Province

Ethylene production costs

Oil price drop will lower GCC petrochemicals margins Subscription Required

15 February 2015 | By Mark Watts

Regional producers will face stronger competition from naphtha-based crackers in Asia and Europe

Ten richest Mena billionaires

The Middle East’s missing billionaires Subscription Required

3 February 2015 | By Wil Crisp

A lack of world-beating entrepreneurs doesn’t bode well for the region’s economic development

Samir Brikho, CEO, Amec Foster Wheeler

Amec Foster Wheeler sets sights on Saudi Arabia Subscription Required

20 January 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

CEO of the newly formed company, Samir Brikho speaks to MEED

Major Middle East Gold Production

Region increases gold output Subscription Required

4 January 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Saudi Arabia and Sudan lead growth in gold production

The GCC steel industry has entered a new phase

A new game plan for steel Subscription Required

22 December 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

The fall in oil prices has forced GCC steel producers to accept that expansion is not the only way forward

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