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Iran plans iron smelter in Oman

Iran plans iron smelter in Oman Subscription

13 January 2015 | By

New facility to be built at Duqm within five years

Power station carbon capture

Abu Dhabi carbon capture project on track for early 2016 Subscription

9 December 2014 | By

Both packages on track with first carbon dioxide expected to start in first quarter

Aluminium smelter

GE wins services deal on Abu Dhabi aluminium smelter turbines Subscription

27 November 2014 | By

US group awarded long-term contractual services agreement from Emirates Global Aluminium

Market news


Maaden revenues close in on $3bn in 2014 Subscription

25 February 2015 | By

Mining company developing programmes in Northern and Eastern parts of kingdom

Crude steel output in 2014

Region's steel sector sees world’s fastest growth Subscription

25 January 2015 | By

Middle East boosts output by 7.7 per cent in 2014

Morocco’s $488m phosphate pipeline comes online

Morocco’s $488m phosphate pipeline comes online Subscription

20 January 2015 | By

Pipeline set to help Morocco supply 40 per cent of the world’s phosphates


Morocco on track to hit 2020 phosphate target Subscription

20 January 2015 | By

Energy and Mining Minister says Morocco will provide 40 per cent of the world’s phosphates

Leasehold signed for Ducab metal facility

Leasehold signed for Ducab metal facility Subscription

22 December 2014 | By

Local firm lays foundations for $60m aluminium rod and conductor facility in Abu Dhabi

Steel sector

Egypt steel producers not keeping up with demand Subscription

10 December 2014 | By

Consumption grew by 11 per cent in 2014 but production fell by 7 per cent


Steel producers ask GCC to keep market fair Subscription

10 December 2014 | By

Tariffs and greater implementation of quality control essential say senior figures from industry

Steel industry

GCC steel projects remain on hold Subscription

9 December 2014 | By

Three largest schemes still shelved as industry consolidates  

Metals & mining trends

Major Middle East Gold Production

Region increases gold output Subscription

4 January 2015 | By

Saudi Arabia and Sudan lead growth in gold production


Investment in industrial sectors slows Subscription

24 December 2014 | By

Despite a relatively strong pipeline, new projects will not be undertaken at the same rate as 2011 and 2012

Global aluminium production

Minerals city primed for success Subscription

22 December 2014 | By

Maaden’s Ras al-Khair aluminium complex is set to become fully operational next year, creating the basis for a much larger industrial hub

The GCC steel industry has entered a new phase

A new game plan for steel Subscription

22 December 2014 | By

The fall in oil prices has forced GCC steel producers to accept that expansion is not the only way forward

Middle East crude steel production

Gas-based steel plant Subscription

19 October 2014

Dhofar steel facility will have a capacity of 3 million tonnes a year

Selected GCC industrial EPC awards

GCC hits slump in non-oil industrial spending Subscription

1 October 2014 | By

Contract spending on industrial projects has dropped for four years with only $1.5bn awarded to date in 2014

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MEED comment

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


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

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Special reports


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

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

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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

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

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28 January 2015

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Morocco Projects Market Report 2014

A comprehensive overview of the fast-emerging Morocco projects market

MEED events

Saudi Mining & Minerals 2015 Symposium

Saudi Mining & Minerals 2015 Symposium

Designed to highlight the full spectrum of opportunities within the entire value chain of the mining industry in Saudi Arabia

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