IRAQ. The Ministry of Oil of Iraq has signed an Implementation agreement for the construction under BOO terms of the Refinery of Karbala with RKC (Refinery of Karbala Corporation Ltd.)
The new Refinery will have a daily capacity of 200,000 barrels of Crude Oil and will produce high quality, high octane gasoline (regular and premium) as well diesel fuel for the domestic market.
“Karbala Refinery will be located 100km south of Baghdad on a 6 square kilometer plot of land, and will be the most advanced state of the art refinery with almost full conversion rate and with an estimated cost of
Posted: February 23, 2017
UAE. Arab Reading Index dispels widespread inaccurate statistics, which placed reading levels in the region much lower than they really are.
Posted: February 23, 2017
UAE. New MEED Insight report shows how lower oil prices have reshaped Middle East investment strategies in oil, gas and petrochemicals projects.
Posted: December 21, 2016
UAE. Musab Alkateeb appointed as CEO of Siemens in Iraq; Thomas Schmidt will become CFO for Siemens' Iraq business; New appointments strengthen Siemens' operations in Iraq.
Posted: December 16, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Although Christians have lived in the Middle East - the birthplace of Christianity - for nearly two thousand years, as a result of years of persecution and discrimination, especially in the past 15 years, they now constitute no more than 3-4% of the region's population, down from 20% a century ago.
Posted: December 2, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. But implementation risks remain, including OPEC's adherence to the agreement and the willingness of other participants, notably Russia, to co-operate fully.
Posted: November 30, 2016
IRAQ. MoU to support the financing of high priority contracts between GE and the Iraqi government, through partnering with TBI as a key stakeholder to accelerate the implementation.
Posted: November 24, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. This is part two of a recent conversation I had with students, faculty, and alumni at New York University, where I had the opportunity to answer some questions concerning the turmoil in the Middle East and America's role in the world.
Posted: November 23, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Iraqi forces and civilians in Mosul at risk from chlorine and mustard agents, but also radiological "dirty bomb".
Posted: October 23, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. As the operation to retake Mosul from ISIL continues, civilians are fleeing from the city by the hundreds, further stressing the already tenuous humanitarian situation in northern Iraq.
Posted: October 17, 2016
UAE. Cisco multi-layer optical solution selected for first 100G+ terrestrial optical network
linking Middle East with Europe.
Posted: September 7, 2016
UAE. Six pavilions exhibit the work of the region's most exciting curators, designers and studios; This year's theme invited designers to produce work inspired by "The Human Senses".
Posted: August 10, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. 54% of the working age population in MENA is unemployed with little prospect of any positive immediate change; A shift in focus towards giving young people employability skills is required.
Posted: July 11, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Governance project failing so group is re-prioritizing insurgency; New IHS Conflict Monitor map shows areas under control and territory lost in past 18 months.
Posted: June 2, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Shifting power relationships in the Middle East are reordering regional geopolitics, entrenching a stalemate of conflict that threatens to further destabilize the region.
Posted: May 3, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Highest quarterly attack total since group took Mosul in June 2014; Al-Qaeda affiliates take a back seat five years after Bin Laden, but are still a significant threat.
date:Posted: March 23, 2017
UAE. New report discusses the growth prospects for private sector players across six focus sectors, including agriculture, the social sector (includes health & education), manufacturing, retail, financial services and connectivity (covering transport & communication).
date:Posted: March 22, 2017
INTERNATIONAL. Aurecon's latest Just Imagine blog post by Continuous Improvement Leader, Darren Tan explains how authenticity will be the key differential in a futuristic and highly competitive market.