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Maaden is expected to make a decision by the end of September on the last two remaining technical packages for its $7bn phosphates city at Waad al-Shamal

Maaden to award remaining Waad al-Shamal packages Subscription

9 September 2014 | By

Two contracts still under evaluation after initial bids were too high


Qatar Mining wins Malian gold concessions Subscription

20 July 2014 | By

State-owned operator to carry out exploration at four sites in West African state


Sabic’s $4.2bn steel plants put on hold Subscription

20 July 2014 | By

Further studies regarding project feasibility for two steel mills to be carried out


Maaden $5bn financing attracts high number of foreign banks Subscription

3 July 2014 | By

Financing deal marks growing international bank appetite for Saudi Arabian Mining Company

Aluminium smelting

Bahrain approves gas allocation for Alba Subscription

2 July 2014 | By

Region’s oldest smelter at Aluminium Bahrain in line for gas that would allow sixth potline expansion

Ducab tenders aluminium rod and conductor plant Subscription

4 June 2014 | By

Commercial bids expected in July for Abu Dhabi downstream metals project

Sun Metals awards contracts on Sur steel mill Subscription

13 May 2014 | By

South Korea’s Posco and Japan-based Sojitz win deals on Omani metals scheme

Market news

Barrick Gold Maaden Jabal Sayid copper mine, Saudi Arabia

Maaden signs $210m copper mine deal with Barrick Gold Subscription

13 July 2014 | By

Saudi mining company now has 50 per cent share in Jabal Sayid mine close to Medina

Middle East May steel output surged 7.3 per cent Subscription

22 June 2014 | By

Rising steel production in region driven by Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Iran

Samsung C&T overruns on Emirates Aluminium expansion Subscription

4 June 2014 | By

South Korean group requests extension of construction period for captive power plant

Kuwaiti company to build steel plant in Iran Subscription

3 June 2014 | By

Proposed new scheme will take advantage of ample gas feedstock in Islamic Republic

Waad al-Shamal moves nearer to financial close Subscription

20 May 2014 | By

Deal anticipated to close within first half of this year

Maaden plans $1.5bn capital hike Subscription

19 May 2014 | By

Maaden board will propose rights issue to shareholders in upcoming meeting

Emirates Steel expands into sheet pile production Subscription

30 April 2014 | By

Abu Dhabi group becomes first Middle East steel group to produce the value-added materials

Habtoor Leighton wins Sohar aluminium coating plant Subscription

27 April 2014 | By

Oman Aluminium Rolling Company awards $32m for downstream unit in Oman

Metals & mining trends

Aluminium production

GCC joins aluminium elite Subscription

4 August 2014 | By

Primary aluminium production in the region is now behind only China and the US  

Iraq phosphate deposits

Iraq struggles to mine a rich vein Subscription

4 August 2014 | By James Gavin

Insurgency casts shadow over one of the country’s brightest investment markets

World map of phosphate production and consumption

Supplying fertilisers to the world Subscription

4 August 2014 | By

The Middle East’s burgeoning phosphates fertiliser sector is dominated by Morocco and Saudi Arabia

Algeria trade

Algeria: The region’s sleeping giant Subscription

1 July 2014

Algiers has struggled to deliver its manufacturing vision

Middle East contract awards May 2014

Middle East contracts awarded: May 2014 Video Subscription

2 June 2014

Over $8bn of contracts awarded in May in the Middle East

Maaden operations

Building the third pillar Subscription

20 May 2014 | By

With its Waad al-Shamal phosphates city project, Maaden is bringing employment opportunities to remote areas of Saudi Arabia

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Maaden’s new funding source Subscription

3 July 2014 | By

The involvement of foreign banks in a $5bn financing for the phosphates city project opens up new funding options for the mining company

Phosphates mining

Riyadh’s third pillar of success Subscription

1 May 2014

Maaden proves itself with project to build major phosphates development in the kingdom


Qatar committed to Algeria plant Subscription

30 January 2014 | By

Joint-venture partners press ahead with $3.2bn steel facility and open doors for other investors

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Special reports


Metals & Mining: Making the downstream migration

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

Artist's impression of how Rio de Janeiro's refurbished Maracana stadium will look for the 2016 Olympics

Brazil: Brazilian progress a model for the Middle East

6 August 2012

The South American country’s economic and sporting success has caught the attention of the Middle East and bridges are being built to foster greater relations


Metals & Mining Special Report: Cheap fuels could make region a steel processing hub Subscription

Issue 9 2-8 March 2012

Ongoing turmoil in the global economy has made gold a relatively safe haven for investors

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Project trends

Gulf Projects Index

Iran market expansion shores up index Subscription

7 August 2014

With a market growth of 3.8 per cent, Iran offers the main support for the Gulf Projects Index

Gulf projects index

GCC growth pushes up projects market Subscription

13 March 2014

Increases in Saudi Arabia and UAE ensure growth of overall index

Gulf projects index

Sharp drop in Iran pulls down index Subscription

5 December 2013

The Islamic Republic and Iraq record declines for second straight week

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Aktor is a Greek construction company providing project management, mining, power and contracting services

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Hussain al-Nowais Subscription

12 July 2014

Hussain al-Nowais is chairman of several public companies and institutions, such as Senaat, NPCC and others

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Oman: Refuse collection services Subscription

20 September 2014 | By

Provision of cleaning, refuse collection and disposal, and gardening services

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Morocco Projects Market Report 2014

A comprehensive overview of the fast-emerging Morocco projects market

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