News
Dubai leads Gulf’s financial resurgence

Dubai is at the head of the Gulf region’s emergence as a prominent centre of activity in the global financial industry, a study undertaken by UK-based global research organisation Chatham House says.The study entitled, “The Gulf as a Global Financial Centre: Growing Opportunities and International Influence,” examines prospects for the economies of...

Abraaj takes stake in Numarine

Dubai-based private equity firm Abraaj Capital has acquired a 50 per cent stake in Turkish luxury-ya ...

MoU to boost free zone’s exports

Dubai’s Export Development Corporation (EDC) and the Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority (Jafza), a memb ...

Freshfields role for Bahrain IWPP

International law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has represented the Bahraini government on the ...

Sumitomo Rubber comes to Dafz

Sumitomo Rubber, a diversified industrial manufacturer of rubber products such as tires, sport equip ...





Latest tenders

GI updates you with the latest tenders available in the Gulf region. OMAN• Tender No 171/2008. Supply of WGC surface condenser (E-2215). Documents can be obtained from the Oman Refinery Company LLC, PO Box 3568, Ruwi, Postal Code 112, tel: 24561200, fax: 24561384 by payment of RO150. CD Not Stated• Tender No 186/2008. Geo data base development for...





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Statistics
Saudi inflation eases slightly

Inflation in Saudi Arabia eased slightly to 10.9 per cent in August from 11.1 per cent in July, official data showed.The cost of living index of the largest Arab economy was 117.9 points on August 31, according to Central Department of Statistics data carried by state-run Saudi Press Agency (SPA). That compares with 106.3 points a year earlier.In early...





Automotives
Acadia wins top US accolade

The highly acclaimed GMC Acadia has added the US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) Top Safety Pick 2008 to its growing list of accolades. This significant safety award results from the GMC Acadia’s meeting the institute’s highest rating for performance in its demanding front, side and rear impacts in addition to providing standard...

Suzuki launches SX4 in ME

Suzuki Motor Corporation recently launched its popular SX4 mid-sized sedan in the Middle East. “Th ...





Communications & IT
Gitex week attracts diverse spectrum

An increasingly diverse spectrum of countries will gather at this year’s Gitex Technology Week as representatives from both emerging and established IT markets seek to take advantage of opportunities from the Middle East.New pavilions from Bahrain, Ireland, Serbia, Slovenia, and Sri Lanka will join the major nations of China, Egypt, India, Pakistan and...

Viva announces subscriber target

Kuwait’s third telecoms operator Viva, an affiliate of Saudi Telecom Company, aims to attract 300, ...

Etisalat eyes Iraqi market

Emirates Telecom Corporation (Etisalat) has said it plans to enter the Iraqi market before the end o ...

Facility inspected

Mena Telecom, an investment subsidiary of Kuwait Finance House (Bahrain), opened the doors to its ma ...

Cisco plans Bahrain initiatives

Cisco, which is opening an office in Bahrain and setting up an internet data centre, will work close ...





Shipping & Logistics
Integration move for Qatari railways

Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company has signed an MoU with Germany-based Deutsche Bahn under which the German firm will develop a conceptual design for  integratingQatar’s various planned railways into a comprehensive and consolidated national railway system.On completion of the study, a comprehensive high-level presentation will be made to...

New Asry firm for offshore work

The Arab Ship Building and Repair Yard (Asry) is forming a new company to specialise in repair and c ...

KCT achieves quick turnarounds

Gulftainer’s Khorfakkan Container Terminal (KCT) on the UAE’s east coast in Sharjah welcomed two ...

Aramex opens Bahrain facility

Aramex has announced the opening of a new 4,000 sq m logistics centre in Bahrain designed to support ...

DHL hub doubles at Hong Kong

Express and logistics company DHL has announced the completion of its $110 million Central Asia Hub ...





Marine Paints & Coatings
Hempel retains major role as supplier

Hempel has reaffirmed its position as a major marine coating supplier with orders received from shipyards worldwide including Korea, China and Portugal for a variety of paints for use on vessels of diverse descriptions.The company has been commissioned to supply paint to eight 6,100 dwt asphalt/bitumen tankers ordered by Iver Ships, a Vroon Group company....

Indian firm endorses Intersleek

A second Aframax tanker belonging to Mumbai-based Mercator Lines, the 105,000 dwt Prem Divya, has be ...

Hempasil cuts fuel bill on vessel

Hempel has cited the performance of an ultra-large Euronav crude carrier to highlight the ability of ...

Jotun highlights SeaForce range

Jotun has highlighted its SeaForce range as one of the leading global antifouling brands. “Continu ...





Industrial Fairs & Forums
Second Gulf Industry fair to surpass first

The second Gulf Industry Fair, the only major industrial exhibition for the Northern Gulf, is set to surpass the success of the inaugural event in terms of size and stature.To be held from January 12 to 15 at the Bahrain International Exhibition Centre in Manama, The Gulf’s International Industry Fair 2009 has grown by almost a third in size over the 2008...

SteelFab poised for bigger show

The forthcoming edition of SteelFab trade fair will feature a bigger number of exhibitors and brands ...

Forum to discuss South-South issues

A unique forum that will discuss industrial and commercial co-operation between the Gulf region and ...





Chemicals & Plastics
Scaling new heights through optimisation

Sabic Innovative Plastics is, with the help of The Woodhouse Partnership Ltd (TWPL), developing a new and quantified risk-based process for optimising its long-term inspection, maintenance and shutdown plans. This initiative, the “Turnaround Optimisation Project,” is a key part of its integration programme with recently-acquired manufacturing sites in...

Team aims for lightweight glazing

With the latest advances in design and aerodynamics and the increasing use of lightweight materials ...

Reactors quicken innovation process

Borealis, majority owned by an Abu Dhabi company and a leading provider of plastics solutions, has a ...

IPIC, Borealis in Uzbek venture

International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) of Abu Dhabi and Vienna-based Borealis have signed ...

Borealis, Mitsubishi firms ink deals

Borealis AG and its US subsidiary, Borealis Compounds LLC, have entered into manufacturing and suppl ...





Fire Protection & Security
Airport opts for IntelliDAR system

Abu Dhabi Airport Company (ADAC) has awarded a contract to Searidge Technologies and its partner in the Gulf region, Bayanat Airports Engineering & Supplies LLC, to supply the Searidge Technologies IntelliDAR system for advanced surface surveillance.IntelliDAR, a non-cooperative system, provides surface surveillance capabilities enabling air traffic...

Sabic grades get VDE nod

Sabic Innovative Plastics has announced a full portfolio of flame-retardant materials that have achi ...

New Scorpion holders launched

Jackson Products Ltd, based in Kingswinford, West Midland, UK, and European subsidiary of Jackson Pr ...

New device prevents cooking fires

Pioneering Technology Inc of Canada has announced that the United States Air Force (USAF) has review ...

Dubai facilities a fire hazard

More than 80 per cent of warehouses and factories in Dubai are a fire hazard, a report from Civil De ...





Saudi Focus-PGWS
Welding stalwart spreading its wings

Having made a mark as a supplier of welding and cutting materials in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, Pan Gulf Welding Solutions (PGWS) is set to consolidate its hold in the two kingdoms and spread its wings throughout the Middle East region. It will take recourse to acquisitions or organic growth to expand its operational base in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain and...

Partnerships with global principals

Saudi-based Pan Gulf Welding Solutions (PGWS) is a professional service provider to the steel fabric ...

PGTS makes major strides

Pan Gulf Technical Services (PGTS), a branch of Pan Gulf Welding Solutions (PGWS), which is a divisi ...





Saudi Focus
Ericsson wins KAEC contract

Ericsson has won an SR320 million ($85 million) contract to install and operate a smart city infrastructure and multi-purpose network for Ethraa, The Smart City.The global telecom company was awarded the contract by Emaar, the Economic City (Emaar.E.C), the Tadawul-listed company developing King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC).Ethraa, The Smart City is...

Alstom to work on Shoaiba 3

Alstom has signed a contract worth 1.9 billion euros with Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) to build S ...

Mada Gypsum awards contract

Saudi Mada Gypsum Company has signed a contract to increase its Yanbu plasterboards plant production ...

Pipe coater to double capacity

One of Saudi Arabia’s leading pipe and valve coating companies is set for a major expansion that w ...

Ras Tanura project faces delays

Saudi Aramco and US firm Dow Chemicals’ giant Ras Tanura petrochemical complex faces delays as the ...





International News
Cash flow to consumers crucial in bailout plan

The best test of whether the US government’s $700 billion check will be enough to save the US economy is how much of that money flows back to consumers and companies, says a Reuters report.Even if the government gets Congressional approval to buy bad debts off banks’ books, satisfying some of their cash needs, the financial sector will still need to...

Global slowdown could ‘worsen’

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has warned the global economic slowdown and financial turmoil may get wor ...

Posco to keep output steady

South Korea’s Posco expects to report forecast-beating third-quarter results driven by robust sale ...

Russia too big to ignore

Once the dust settles on the global market earthquake, investors may well decide Russia is just too ...

Global jitters over Chinese dairy food

Fears are growing around the world about the safety of Chinese dairy products after thousands of bab ...





Project Information
Project Information

BAHRAINAddur IWPP - DesalinationOwner: Bahraini Ministry of Electricity and WaterBudget: $2 billionScope: The project calls for the design, supply, construction and operation (25 years) of a facility with a capacity of 4,000 MW and 100 million gallons per day (mg/d). The plant will be located on the eastern side of the main island between Ras Abu Jarjur and...





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