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Aluminium smelter

Alba receives environmental permit for sixth aluminium potline Subscription

7 September 2015 | By

Bahrain set to undertake largest heavy industry project in country’s history

Outotec wins Iran iron ore plant contract

Outotec wins Iran iron ore plant contract Subscription

3 September 2015 | By

Finnish group wins second deal this year in Iran’s iron and steel sector

Antimony plant secures financing

Tri-Star Resources finalises Oman project finance Subscription

25 August 2015 | By

Antimony plant secures financing

Pipe yard

$300m pipeline factory to be built in Abu Dhabi Subscription

16 August 2015 | By

Abu Dhabi Ports signs an agreement with Al Gharbia Pipe Company


Timeframe revealed for Egypt's mining masterplan Subscription

20 July 2015 | By

Italian company responsible for Golden Triangle plan says work is on schedule

Aluminium smelter

French firm wins Bahrain aluminium deal Subscription

9 July 2015 | By

Local producer is expanding with a re-melt facility

Larsen & Toubro wins packages on alumina refinery

Larsen & Toubro wins packages on alumina refinery Subscription

22 June 2015 | By

Indian group awarded work on Abu Dhabi metals project

Bahrain approves $3.5bn Alba expansion

Bahrain approves $3.5bn Alba expansion Subscription

14 June 2015 | By ,

Long-awaited scheme now expected to be tendered in 2016

Market news

UAE drives Middle East steel output in July

UAE drives Middle East steel output in July Subscription

23 August 2015 | By

Regional crude steel production rises 4.6 per cent

Iran smelter

Quick investment likely in Iran's aluminium sector Subscription

23 July 2015 | By

Sanctions relief could open up metals potential for major gas-producing country

Egypt money

Egypt mulls microfinance scheme to help small businesses Subscription

20 July 2015 | By

Cairo looks to encourage job growth in the Golden Triangle area


Egypt publishes executive regulations for mining sector Subscription

9 July 2015 | By

Progress increases optimism about projects and investment

Napco expands Oman downstream aluminium capacity

Napco expands Oman downstream aluminium capacity Subscription

30 June 2015 | By

Company to add two extrusion presses and vertical powder coating line

Copper mine

Mubadala acquires stake in Spanish mining operation Subscription

30 June 2015 | By

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

Metals & mining trends

United: The Dubal (pictured) and Emal smelters were united under merger company Emirates Global Aluminium

Expansion key to Emirati aluminium growth Subscription

28 July 2015 | By

The UAE is looking to unify its aluminium sector to gain market share in the GCC and expand its profile within the global smelting industry

Egypt's Golden Triangle mineral processing zone

Regulation boost for Egypt mining ambitions Subscription

28 July 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Cairo hopes mining revenues will support post-revolutionary economic recovery in Egypt

Excluding fuels, Iran is the 11th biggest minerals producer in the world

Unlocking Iran's mining potential Subscription

15 July 2015 | By Dominic Dudley

Iran’s mining industry needs international capital and expertise to expand

Middle East contract awards June 2015

Middle East contracts awarded: June 2015 Video Subscription

6 July 2015

More than $13bn-worth of contracts awarded in June

Middle East steel usage

Imports depress GCC steel prices Subscription

16 June 2015 | By

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

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MEED comment

Mark Watts

Steel sector hit by China slowdown Subscription

16 June 2015 | By

Middle East steel producers call for protection from dumping

Kevin Baxter

Creating a giant ministry Subscription

12 May 2015 | By

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

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

Ensuring a fair market for steel Subscription

22 December 2014 | By

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

Aluminium industry

Saudisation challenge continues for Maaden Subscription

18 December 2014 | By

Hiring local nationals at industrial sites has been slow

Jubail Industry City in Saudi Arabia

Unlocking the kingdom’s potential Subscription

18 December 2014 | By

The success of Ras al-Khair should give more remote cities confidence to develop

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Special reports

Mining & Metals

Mining & Metals: New focus on regional potential Subscription

28 July 2015

Developing the mining sector is becoming more of a focus for governments in the Middle East


Metals & Mining: Making the downstream migration Subscription

4 August 2014 | By

Developing vertically integrated phosphates and aluminium industries is key to regional diversification


Metals: Focus shifts to downstream aluminium Subscription

28 February 2013

The use of locally produced feedstock to make primary aluminium will give Riyadh a major competitive advantage

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Project trends

Gulf Projects Index

Iran records biggest decline in five years Subscription

6 January 2015

Islamic Republic sees $15.8bn wiped off projects market

Gulf projects index

Gulf index rises on Qatar growth Subscription

23 October 2014

Gas-rich state records expansion of 3.4 per cent in value of projects market

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Marla Valdez Subscription

28 January 2015

Marla Valdez is partner, Energy Middle East and Africa at Dentons


Jordan: Inductively coupled plasma spectroscopy Subscription

26 September 2015 | By

Supply of inductively coupled plasma spectroscopy (ICP)

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MEED events

Saudi Mining 1

Saudi Mining & Minerals 2015 Symposium

26 - 29 October 2015 | Designed to highlight the full spectrum of opportunities within the entire value chain of Saudi Arabia’s mining industry

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