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: May 27, 2015
IRAQ. Iraq's leadership was indignant after US accusations that its forces lack the will to fight but assessments of the army's ability suggest the rank-and-file have reasons to shy from battle.
Posted: May 22, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Islamic State fighters tightened their grip on the historic Syrian city of Palmyra on Thursday and overran Iraqi government defenses east of Ramadi, the provincial capital that they seized five days earlier.
Posted: May 20, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. State-owned oil marketer Somo plans to load more than 1.2mn b/d of Basrah Heavy in June, boosting total Iraqi sales from its southern export terminals.
Posted: May 19, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. What we are seeing now are fundamental re-emerging realities: Europe is a highly fragmented collection of nation-states. China contains its centrifugal forces through a powerful and repressive government in Beijing. Russia is neither an equal of the U.S. nor a helpless cripple to be ignored or tutored. And the map of the Middle East, created by the Ottomans and the Europeans, has hidden underlying forces that are rearing their heads.
Posted: May 6, 2015
UAE. Emirates remains the most valuable brand, with a brand value of US$6.6 billion; The total value of Qatari brands is up 47% in a year, the fastest rate of growth; KSA has the most brands (17) together worth US$21.7 billion
Posted: April 17, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Despite progress in raising school enrolment over the past decade, one in four children and young adolescents are either out of school or at risk of dropping out.
Posted: April 16, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Up 800,000 b/d from February to highest level since November 2012; Saudi Arabia boosted production by 280,000 b/d to 10 million b/d.
Posted: April 15, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The current balancing act in the Middle East represents a fundamental rebalancing of American strategy. It is still clumsy and poorly thought out, but it is happening. And for the rest of the world, the idea that the Americans are coming will become more and more rare.
Posted: April 11, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. With the huge reduction in its revenues and growing discomfort among its members such as Venezuela, Libya and Nigeria over its current production levels, is OPEC really getting weaker?
Posted: April 3, 2015
UAE. Among the top investors for 2014, were Iraqis (AED 2.50 million per transaction), Jordanians (AED 2.40 million) and Egyptians (AED 2.02 million), according to The H Holding Enterprise.
Posted: April 1, 2015
IRAQ. "Our security forces have reached the centre of Tikrit and they have liberated the southern and western sides and they are moving toward the control of the whole city," Haidar al-Abadi said.
Posted: March 31, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Washington is moving away from the strategy it has followed since the early 2000s - of being the prime military force in regional conflicts - and is shifting the primary burden of fighting to regional powers while playing a secondary role.
Posted: March 3, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. "We've got to be very careful and we need to resist trying to put a timeline on it," said John Allen, the retired U.S. general appointed to coordinate the coalition against ISIS.
Posted: February 19, 2015
IRAQ. According to a newly completed KRG - World Bank report, economic growth contracted 5% in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), and poverty rate more than double increasing from 3.5% to 8.1%.
Posted: February 5, 2015
JORDAN. "We are waging this war to protect our faith, our values and human principles and our war for their sake will be relentless and will hit them in their own ground."
date:Posted: May 29, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. SITA survey investigated the connection between passenger's use of technology and their emotions to discover how they feel at every point of the journey; Survey shows that technology is helping put enjoyment back into flying.
date:Posted: May 28, 2015
UAE. The recent close below 1.55 was a critical blow for the Pound/Dollar bulls, and the bears have continued to exploit each opportunity to increase selling pressure with the pair still looking technically vulnerable to further declines.
date:Posted: May 28, 2015
UAE. Low production costs for Middle East companies gives regional players significant competitive advantage in the low price segment of an oil "super cycle", according to the latest paper from global strategy and management consulting firm A.T. Kearney.