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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

Market news

Ducab Aluminium assesses bids on rod and conductor plant

Ducab Aluminium assesses bids on rod and conductor plant Subscription

23 November 2014 | By

Contract expected to be awarded in January on proposed $60m facility in Abu Dhabi  


Savannah Resources invests in Oman copper Subscription

20 November 2014 | By

Savannah to make $4.6m investment in Al-Thuraya


Maaden launches $1.5bn rights issue Subscription

18 November 2014 | By

Proceeds will support phosphate mining project

GCC aluminium production

Petrofac consortium wins deal on Abu Dhabi alumina refinery Subscription

22 October 2014 | By

Emirates Global Aluminium raw materials project expected to be completed by end of 2017

Steel consumption

Sharp increase forecast in regional steel demand Subscription

8 October 2014 | By

Middle East and North Africa consumption expected to rise to 6.6 per cent in 2015

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

Metals & mining trends

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

Middle East contracts awarded July 2014

Middle East contracts awarded: July 2014 Video Subscription

11 August 2014

Over $8bn of contracts were awarded in July in the Middle East

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

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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 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


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

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

Gulf projects index

GCC growth pushes up projects market Subscription

13 March 2014

Increases in Saudi Arabia and UAE ensure growth of overall index

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Tom Petter Johansen Subscription

16 September 2014

Tom Petter Johansen is CEO at Qatar Aluminium Limited

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Iran: Tubing liner Subscription

15 November 2014 | By

Supply of tubing liner

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Morocco Projects Market Report 2014

A comprehensive overview of the fast-emerging Morocco projects market

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