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Industry News & Analysis


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

Barrick Gold Maaden Jabal Sayid copper mine, Saudi Arabia

Start-up of Saudi copper mine delayedSubscription

Maaden says Jabal Sayed production pushed back from first quarter of 2016

Qatar buys Rafale fighter jets

Thales signs Qatar armed forces dealSubscription

Surveillance solution spans ground, anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine, maritime and air

MEED Quality Awards for Projects trophy

MEED reveals national winners of quality projects in the Gulf region

Those chosen will go on to compete at regional level

Offshore rig

QP expects missile defence platforms in second quarterSubscription

Facilities are expected in April or May and form part of Qatar’s National Security Shield

Aluminium industry

China planning Iran aluminium projectsSubscription

Sinosteel inks agreeement for alumina powder, aluminium ingots and power plant

Wind turbine

Siemens to build $110m rotor blade plant in MoroccoSubscription

Investment to generate up to 700 jobs

Dubai Marina

Dubai private sector enters downturnSubscription

Travel and tourism sector reported fastest reduction in new work

Egypt's Abu Rawash wastewater treatment plant s being developed as a public-private partnership project

Toshiba subsidiary wins Oman wastewater dealSubscription

Company will build treated effluent and recycling facilities at Sohar port

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

Philippa Wilkinson

GCC gets serious on subsidiesSubscription

After years of debate, the region’s governments are finally cutting subsidies, but the timing is poor