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: 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.
Posted: February 27, 2016
IRAQ. Iraq's economy is weakening, however S&P thinks the unfunded IMF Staff-Monitored Program recently approved will help pave the way to a possible IMF financing arrangement in 2016.
Posted: January 29, 2016
IRAQ. The value of the contracts signed totals more than US$1 billion; Technology upgrades, advanced solutions and maintenance to generate added power from MoE's fleet of GE's heavy duty gas turbines across the country.
Posted: January 19, 2016
UAE. Nine of the 13 MENA sovereigns are investment grade; Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon are speculative grade; Oman and Saudi Arabia ratings lowered on the sharp deterioration in their fiscal deficits; GCC members to maintain their exchange rate pegs to the US dollar over the medium term.
Posted: January 5, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. The U.S.-Russia standoff, surging nationalism in Europe, Turkey's re-emergence, low oil prices, falling Chinese consumption, military campaigns against the Islamic State and other geopolitical currents will tie in to and feed off of one another.
Posted: December 30, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. US$10 trillion worth of investment will need to flow into oil and gas through 2040 in order to meet the world's energy needs. The group expects oil prices only reaching US$80 per barrel in 2020 and hitting US$95 in 2040.
Posted: December 15, 2015
IRAQ. Byblos Bank inaugurated its fourth branch in Iraq and the first for a Lebanese bank in the City of Sulaymaniyah, in the presence of Mr. Abdul Rahman Saleh, General Director of the Central Bank of Iraq.
Posted: December 12, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Ideological confrontation of IS philosophy alone is unlikely to eradicate the threat. Tackling the root causes of the appeal of jihadism will.
Posted: December 4, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The evidence does plausibly point toward forcing realignment of local tribal groups against ISIS, and the maintenance of crucial supplies to resistance groups throughout the region, both corroborated with past actions by U.S. and coalition forces, and counterterrorism strategy.
date:Posted: October 25, 2016
UAE. Demographic and social change, shift in global economic power, rapid urbanisation, climate change and resource scarcity, and technological breakthroughs to dictate and shape the future of the region.
date:Posted: October 24, 2016
UAE. Blockchain can impact key areas of finance including retail payments infrastructure, remittances, FX trading, trade finance, capital markets and compliance activities;
Booz Allen Hamilton identifies specific opportunities, recommends how the UAE can organize and co-ordinate efforts.