Your browser is no longer supported. For the best experience of this website, please upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We have assumed we have your consent to use cookies. So, for example, you will not need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Industry News & Analysis


Bahrain cuts budget for aluminium smelter expansionSubscription

Budget slashed by $500m

Refining industry

Spanish group wins $262m UAE industrial waste facility dealSubscription

Takreer is planning project in Ruwais to treat industrial waste from refining and municipal operations

US-based GE’s distributed power business finds promising markets in areas of volatility

GE announces multi-billion dollar Saudi agreementsSubscription

Partnerships cover a wide range of sectors

Steel sector hit by China slowdown

Sun Metals’ $400m Oman steel project shelvedSubscription

Steel prices and economic slowdown hits plans to build steel plant in Sur

Firms prequalify for Salalah ammonia plant

Six companies bid for Salalah ammonia plantSubscription

Salalah Methanol Company to build 1,000 tonne-a-day plant in southern Oman


Abraaj lists Tunisian pharmaceuticals firmSubscription

IPO 33 times oversubscribed

SCZone development area

Russian companies show interest in proposed industrial zoneSubscription

Industrial zone will service industries such as engineering, machineries, ship manufacturing and foods

Lafarge signs waste agreement with Orascom

French company wins Oman waste management contractSubscription

International firm will work with local partner to deliver waste services


Sales prices drag down Sabic profits in first quarterSubscription

Saudi Arabia’s largest listed company reports net loss for metals segment in first three months of 2016

Barrick Gold Maaden Jabal Sayid copper mine

Maaden first-quarter net income slips 35 per centSubscription

Lower revenues on the back of sliding commodity prices affected profitability

Aluminium industry

Bechtel wins main contract on $3.5bn Bahrain aluminium expansionSubscription

US engineering group will design and construct sixth potline at Alba smelter

Steel industry

Sabic says steel demand is picking upSubscription

Improvement in oil and construction sectors boosts outlook for 2016 and 2017

Saudi food and dairy firm Almarai to issue $500m of Islamic bonds

Almarai seeks UAE food company stake acquisitionSubscription

The Gulf’s biggest dairy company is invited to conduct due diligence

Jubail Industrial City

Fire kills 12 at Jubail petrochemical plantSubscription

Sabic subsidiary blaze started during routine maintenance drill

King Abdullah Economic City

Lockheed Martin to fund college at Saudi economic citySubscription

College for Business and Entrepreneurship being established under Saudi Economic Offset Programme


Contractors appointed for Tunisia security systemSubscription

Firms to install US-funded surveillance system

F-16 jets: Part of a $1.3bn arms package to Egypt

Saudi Arabia is world's third-largest military spenderSubscription

UAE ranks 15th as global defence spending grows for first time since 2011

SCZone development area

Land around SCZone requires special technical workSubscription

So far no deals have been signed to develop projects in the area

Emirates Steel Facilities in Abu Dhabi, the UAE

Abu Dhabi industrial group Senaat boosted sales in 2015Subscription

Owner of Emirates Steel and NPCC posts profit of AED2bn, close to 2014 levels

Titanium smelting

Jizan ilmenite smelter faces further delaysSubscription

Technical work and testing phase pushes back start-up of Saudi titanium plant

Richard Thompson

Riyadh ushers in new era

Right at the heart of Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed’s vision is a programme to diversify the giant Saudi economy by developing the manufacturing sector

Philippa Wilkinson

Egypt dollar shortage threatens development plansSubscription

Investors, developers and manufacturers need hard currency

Edmund O'Sullivan

Seeing Saudi Arabia’s future in JubailSubscription

Jubail 2 proves the kingdom will flourish regardless of oil markets

Hossam Abougabal

If General Motors can’t do business in Egypt, who can?Subscription

Import-dependent industries continue to suffer at the hands of Egypt’s currency crisis