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Emal potrooms get first steel

Emirates Aluminium (Emal) has installed the first structural steel for the potrooms of the world’s largest, single-site aluminium smelter complex currently under construction in Al Taweelah, Abu Dhabi. When completed, the Emal potrooms will comprise 32,000 tonnes of steel, supplied by Saudi Arabian company Hidada and installed by their UAE subcontractor...

Rakia inks MoU with Indian state

Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority (Rakia), the government body responsible for the emirate’s soc ...

RAK Offshore showcases its products

RAK Offshore showcased its complete line of products and services for non-residents and internationa ...

Pan Gulf exploring growth prospects

Pan Gulf Group managing director Khalid Al Hamdan, while describing as “an excellent achievement ...

DuPont participates in Saudi Build

DuPont was one of the major exhibitors at Saudi Build 2008,  a key event that showcased constru ...





Calendar of events

GI updates you with the latest calendar of events from the Middle East and...





Latest tenders

GI brings you the latest tenders available in the Gulf region and beyond. BAHRAIN• Tender No 08-10-0306-ITC. Internet web agencies. Bid bond is BD500. Documents can be obtained from Gulf Air, Procurement and Logistics Department located at Gulf Air’s new headquarters, Wing D, 2nd Floor, tel: 17338311, by payment of BD15. CD December 8. OMAN•...





New Hummer model set for ME

Visitors to the 2008 Abu Dhabi International Motor Show this month (December) will get to see the new Hummer H3T, Hummer’s first entry in the pick-up segment. Based on the architecture of the popular H3, but featuring a five-passenger crew cab and a separate 1.5-metre-long bed, the H3T will hit showrooms across the Middle East by mid-December 2008. ...

Alcoa firm wins Chrysler order

Alcoa Automotive Wheels, a division of Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products, announced that it ha ...





PC sales in region up

PC sales in the region went up in the third quarter this year, defying fears of a slowdown, a report said. About 1.25 million units were shipped in the quarter (desktops and notebooks), against 702,085 units (valued at Dh4.04 billion or $1.1 billion) for the same period last year, an increase of 78 per cent.An International Data Corporation (IDC) report...

Economic downturn severe on tech firms

Technology companies may be the next group swept up in a restructuring wave that began on Wall Stree ...

Dell receives large Japanese order

Dell announced that it has received its largest customer order to date for the innovative EqualLogic ...

Smart adds languages

Smart Technologies has announced the addition of seven languages to its Meeting Pro collaboration so ...

In Brief

BAE demonstrates new systemBAE Systems has demonstrated networked communications technology that bri ...





Asry plans new projects

Bahrain-based Arab Shipbuilding and Repair Yard (Asry) has announced it is investing $188 million in new facilities including a repair quay, an offshore fabrication area and four new tugs. Giving details, Asry chairman Shaikh Daij bin Salmal Al-Khalifa said the repair quay would be 1.2 km long with an alongside water depth of 12 m, the offshore fabrication...

ADSB bags Esnaad contract

Esnaad, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc), said it has awarded a Dh60 million ( ...

Air cargo growth to expand

Global air cargo growth will expand at a 5.8 per cent annual rate over the next two decades, with ai ...

Emirates’ LAX route to be ‘robust’

Emirates SkyCargo expects its newly inaugurated route between Dubai and Los Angeles International Ai ...

DMC leverages global expertise

Dubai Maritime City (DMC) held a meeting with top-ranking representatives of leading companies and o ...





DP World to operate Algerian ports

DP World is expanding its role as a global marine terminal operator with the signing of joint venture agreements to operate two ports in Algeria and officially taking over handling of the Yemeni port of Aden. The UAE-based operator is currently busy adding capacity at its flagship Jebel Ali Port through the deployment of container-handling equipment. The...





Fair moving towards full house

Preparations for the second Gulf Industry Fair 2009 are proceeding at brisk pace with renewed interest in evidence at what is billed as the only major industrial exhibition for the Northern Gulf. Hilal Conferences & Exhibitions (HCE), the event’s organiser, reports that 85 per cent of exhibition space has been booked and indications are that it will...

Kirby bags prestigious projects

Recently Kirby, one of the exhibitors at Gulf Industry Fair, won several steel building projects in ...

AFI advances with diversification

Alaa for Industry (AFI), an exhibitor at Gulf Industry Fair, has advanced from being a contracting a ...

First Leasing Bank in major Qatar deal

First Leasing Bank (FLB), a Bahrain-based wholesale bank incorporated under a licence granted by the ...

Almoayed Wilhelmsen looks ahead

Almoayed Barwil Ltd has changed its name to Almoayed Wilhelmsen Ltd. The name was officially change ...





X-ray a new force in food quality control

Tim Ansell, sales director of Dubai-based Al Thika Packaging, explains why he is convinced that X-ray inspection has a strong future in the Middle East. Although X-ray technology currently enjoys only a limited share of the product inspection market, as manufacturers begin to understand its advantages and realise its suitability for different applications,...

Indo-Mexican snack launched

Leading snack food manufacturer, Hunter Foods, recently launched its latest gourmet snack innovation ...

Agthia sales, profits surge

Abu Dhabi company Agthia, which in  recent months has diversified including acquiring the right ...

Saudi firm to raise prawn output

Soaring demand for seafood both in the Middle East and worldwide has prompted Saudi Arabia’s Natio ...

Savola looking at acquisitions

Saudi Arabia’s Savola Group is reviewing investment priorities, especially new projects, because t ...





Hub a big contributor to Dubai’s economy

As the leading business hub of the Middle East, Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) has been one of the main drivers of Dubai’s phenomenal economic growth over the years. Jafza’s consistent focus on building long-term customer relationships and its ability to forge alliances with global investors by offering them value-driven solutions for over two decades has...

Dubal powered by outstanding vision

Following a series of accelerated expansions in the last five years, Jebel Ali’s prime manufacturi ...

GAC consolidates logistics role

GAC is fine tuning its logistics offerings through initiatives in management and new facilities. Re ...

Danzas opens large facility

Danzas AEI Emirates, part of DHL, has opened a multi-purpose logistics facility in Dubai’s Jebel A ...

Lamprell scoops several contracts

UAE-based Lamprell, a provider of specialist engineering services to the international oil and gas i ...





In quest of peroxide crosslinked PE pipes

A group of major European equipment technology developers and material producers, together with Borealis, a leading provider of plastics solutions, have joined forces to design a single-stage production process for high-performance peroxide-crosslinked polyethylene (PE-Xa) pipes. Borealis has developed two new grades in its BorPEX range of crosslinkable...

Borealis grades attract interest

An award-winning, pioneering all-polypropylene (PP) rear-seat carrier is among the many innovative a ...

Sabic unveils new PP grade

Saudi-based Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic) launched a breakthrough polypropylene product ...

Resin good for chopsticks

A Sabic resin has developed far enough to make people consider using it as a replacement for wooden ...

Global’s plant getting ready

Global Chemical Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of AlMansoori Petroleum Industries, is in the fin ...





Alliance to address water concerns

A leading group of entrepreneurs, investors and policy experts has announced the launch of the Water Innovations Alliance, an international trade association for emerging water technology companies and the organisations and communities they support. The announcement was made during the fourth annual Lux Executive Summit held in Cambridge, MA, USA....

Turbines-planes conflict could end soon

Wind farms have been found to confuse existing radar systems, compromising Air Traffic Control. Th ...

Prysmian cable solutions presented

Prysmian Cables & Systems, one of the leading global players in the energy and telecommunication ...

Alcoa honoured for technology

Alcoa, a world leader in the production and management of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and ...

Advanced vacuum cleaner launched

LG Electronics has introduced its new Kompressor vacuum cleaner to the Gulf. It uses advanced techno ...





Chinese factory output shrinks

A measure of Chinese manufacturing activity showed factory output shrank sharply in October in the face of waning orders, while officials pledged further steps to boost domestic demand to keep the economy from slowing too much. Capital controls and the relative conservatism of China’s banks have largely insulated the world’s fourth-largest economy from...

US faced with huge credit card losses

Free-spending US consumers who bought everything from homes to groceries on borrowed money are runni ...

Euro zone falls into recession

The euro zone economy has fallen into its first recession, data showed, boosting expectations that t ...

New manufacturing orders ‘tumble’

New orders received by US factories tumbled for a second straight month in September, underscoring t ...





Cable firm augmenting capacity

Oman Cables Industry (OCI) is optimistic it will enhance its role in local and overseas markets with augmented capacities including a new plant set for production in the first quarter of 2010 in Sohar, in the north of the country. The Sohar aluminium rod and conductor manufacturing plant is being built as a joint venture with Oman Oil Company with a...

New pipe mill being built

A new pipe mill under construction in Oman’s industrial hub of Sohar will help reduce the Sultanat ...

MBS completing Octal facility

Mammut Building Systems (MBS), a leading manufacturer of pre-engineered steel buildings in the UAE a ...

Amana wins Oryx contract

Amana Contracting and Steel Buildings, one of the leading names in fast-track and turnkey constructi ...

Oman Cement implementing expansion

With infrastructure development on a high note in Oman as in the rest of the GCC region, Oman Cement ...





Statistics

Era of huge fiscal surpluses The phase of huge fiscal surpluses in the Gulf may be coming to an end though the states’ public finances are in a better shape than they were before the 1998 drop in oil prices, says a report. Oil prices have fallen steeply to around $60 a barrel for Brent from a high of over $147 a barrel on July 3, 2008. Brent will average...





An Oasis of Opportunity

Baytik Industrial Oasis (BIO) is a state-of-the-art industrial park at Bahrain International Investment Park (BIIP) in Hidd, Kingdom of Bahrain. The project, a first-of-its-kind in the kingdom, aims to drive further economic diversification in the industrial sector, generating greater inward investment and stimulating jobs creation in Bahrain by...





Projects in the Gulf

BAHRAINPackage: Bahrain Financial Harbour - District Cooling.Owner: Bahrain Financial Harbour Holding Company BSCC. Budget: $400 million.Scope: The project calls for the construction of a district cooling system to serve the development of the Bahrain Financial Harbour. The district cooling plant will have a total cooling capacity of 350,000...





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