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Riyadh

Saudi non-oil private sector growth slumps Subscription Required

6 July 2015 | By Mark Watts

Emirates NBD purchasing managers survey shows slowdown in new orders in June

Sabic forms joint venture for chemicals production

Sabic forms joint venture for chemicals production Subscription Required

6 July 2015 | By Mark Watts

Consortium targets $640m of investment

Tunisia shooting

Tunisia declares state of emergency Subscription Required

5 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

More attacks targeting strategic sectors possible

Oman seeks interest in Duqm acetic acid plant

Oman seeks interest in Duqm acetic acid plant Subscription Required

1 July 2015 | By Mark Watts

Companies asked to express interest in bidding for estimated $1bn project

Napco expands Oman downstream aluminium capacity

Napco expands Oman downstream aluminium capacity Subscription Required

30 June 2015 | By Mark Watts

Company to add two extrusion presses and vertical powder coating line

Copper mine

Mubadala acquires stake in Spanish mining operation Subscription Required

30 June 2015 | By Mark Watts

Abu Dhabi wealth fund takes 50 per cent interest in Minas de Agues Tenidas

Oil, banking and automotive could be biggest winners from Iran deal

Oil, banking and automotive could be biggest winners from Iran deal Subscription Required

28 June 2015 | By Mark Watts

Turquoise Partners predicts $100bn in frozen funds will be used to finance oil, gas and other infrastructure

Larsen & Toubro wins packages on alumina refinery

Larsen & Toubro wins packages on alumina refinery Subscription Required

22 June 2015 | By Mark Watts

Indian group awarded work on Abu Dhabi metals project

Peugeot-Morocco deal

Peugeot Citroen to build $632m factory in Morocco Subscription Required

21 June 2015 | By Wil Crisp

French carmaker signs an agreement with Morocco’s industry minister

Calcium chloride

InoChem awards Jacobs management deal Subscription Required

15 June 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

US engineering consultancy will carry out project management consultancy on two plants in Yanbu

Bahrain approves $3.5bn Alba expansion

Bahrain approves $3.5bn Alba expansion Subscription Required

14 June 2015 | By Kevin Baxter , Andrew Roscoe

Long-awaited scheme now expected to be tendered in 2016

Airbus Caracal helicopter deal

Kuwait set on $1.1bn arms deal Subscription Required

14 June 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Kuwait is planning to buy helicopters from French company

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

Saudi Kayan starts detergent alcohols production Subscription Required

7 June 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

New facility at Jubail complex has capacity of 50,000 tonnes a year

Emaar the Economic City signs new funding deal for King Abdullah Economic City

Saudi economic city completes Industrial Valley Subscription Required

4 June 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Eight factories already operating at manufacturing hub in King Abdullah Economic City

The UK's Watchkeeper ISTAR unmanned aerial system

French firm in talks for regional drones deal Subscription Required

3 June 2015 | By Elizabeth Bains

Thales secured first order for Watchkeeper system from British army

Sharjah

Rise in Sharjah trade licences Subscription Required

2 June 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Emirate’s industrial output reaches $12bn

Qatar buys Rafale fighter jets

GCC powers set to continue high defence spending Subscription Required

2 June 2015 | By Mark Watts

Drop in oil prices has not weakened appetite of Saudi Arabia, UAE and Qatar for military expansion

Power plant

Alba plans new power plant Subscription Required

27 May 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

The project is part of the steel producer’s ambitious expansion plans

The Tahrir petrochemicals complex has a total budget of $7bn

Egypt's Carbon Holdings takes first step to IPO Subscription Required

26 May 2015 | By Colin Foreman

Petrochemicals firm securing financing from Abu Dhabi’s Gulf Capital

The Tahrir petrochemicals complex has a total budget of $7bn

Carbon Holdings plans IPO Subscription Required

25 May 2015 | By Colin Foreman

Company will be floated on Cairo stock exchange within 36 months

Comment

Mark Watts

Steel sector hit by China slowdown Subscription Required

16 June 2015 | By Mark Watts

Middle East steel producers call for protection from dumping

Kevin Baxter

Creating a giant ministry Subscription Required

12 May 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

A new ‘super ministry’ in Saudi Arabia would give the king’s sons a huge power base

South Korean firms now have experience on some of the largest hydrocarbons projects that have ever been built

South Koreans will be back Subscription Required

12 May 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

The Asian contractors will return when the region’s oil and gas projects market picks up

Mark Watts

Downstream projects most under threat Subscription Required

4 May 2015 | By Mark Watts

Refining and petrochemicals developments in the region are bearing the brunt of lower oil prices

Farabi should be applauded for moving ahead with $1bn-plus scheme

Farabi takes the lead Subscription Required

28 April 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Local petrochemicals company should be applauded for moving ahead with $1bn-plus scheme

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

Analysis

While other Arab nations adopt firm stances on regional politics, Muscat is content to straddle the fence

Oman prepares to borrow to keep project programme on track Subscription Required

29 June 2015 | By Edmund O'Sullivan

Sultanate has more than $100bn-worth of schemes in the pipeline, but it needs banks and investors to finance at least part of this sum

Middle East steel usage

Imports depress GCC steel prices Subscription Required

16 June 2015 | By Mark Watts

Reduced demand in China has steered its cheaper steel exports into the Middle East

Vehicles in use 2013

Open road for car manufacturers Subscription Required

26 May 2015 | By Dominic Dudley

Vehicle sales are growing fast across the region, not least luxury brands

Top 100 projects by sector Q1 2015

Biggest projects by sector, Q1 2015 Subscription Required

14 May 2015 | By Robert Jones

The biggest contract awards listed by value

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

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