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Gulf ports trump US in global efficiency rankings

Heavy investment has seen the Middle East dominate the top of the rankings of a list of the most efficient container ports in the world, with some Saudi ports up to four times more efficient than their North American rivals. The latest edition of the Container Port Performance Index (CPPI), which was developed by the […]

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Saudi Arabia likely to see two more electric vehicle plants

Plans by American electric vehicle (EV) maker Lucid Motors to build a production plant in Saudi Arabia is likely to be the first of at least three such facilities in the kingdom, investment minister Khalid Al-Falih said today. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Falih did not provide any further details on the […]

Aluminium is lightweight and ideal for use in outer space

UAE’s aluminium drive is out of this world

Aluminium has been a bedrock of the UAE’s economy and its industrial ambitions for years with exports reaching more than 50 countries around the world. Now, Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), the country’s largest industrial company outside oil and gas, is looking to enter the ultimate export market – outer space. The company is in talks […]

Lucid’s electric vehicle hub to create 4,500 jobs in Saudi

US-based Lucid Group on Wednesday revealed more details about its plans to build an electric vehicle (EV) production hub in Saudi Arabia, with 4,500 jobs to be created.  With an annual capacity to build 155,000 EVs, agreements in place are estimated to provide financing and incentives to Lucid of up to $3.4 billion over the […]

The Moskvich, an icon of Russian car manufacturing, will be making a comeback after 20 years

Renault sells Russian carmaker Avtovaz for one rouble

Renault is to sell its majority stake in carmaker Avtovaz to a Russian science institute for just one rouble with a six-year option to buy it back, leaving the door open for the French carmaker’s return. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said to preserve thousands of jobs Renault’s plant in the city would be used to […]

Emirates aims to start repaying Dubai $4.1bn in Covid aid

Dubai’s Emirates hopes that it will soon start paying back the 15 billion dirhams ($4.1 billion) in state assistance it receive from the government during the pandemic, its chairman said on Monday. The Dubai government injected billions of dollars into its flagship airline via equity injections over the course of the pandemic that had at […]

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Musk incurs regulators’ wrath with late Twitter stake disclosure

US regulators are investigating Elon Musk’s delayed disclosure of his stake in Twitter Inc last month, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday, citing people familiar with the matter. Musk disclosed a 9.2 percent stake in Twitter to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on April 4, a delay of at least 10 days since […]

Non-oil industries saw strong growth but it is slowing. Picture: Creative Commons

Growth in Saudi non-oil private sector still robust in April

Saudi Arabia’s non-oil private sector continued to see robust growth in April, albeit at a slower pace than in March as fears over inflation began to weigh on demand, a survey showed on Monday. The headline seasonally adjusted S&P Global Saudi Arabia Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for the whole economy fell to 55.7 in April […]

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Costs at three-year high in UAE non-oil sector

Energy and material costs are at their highest levels for more than three years in the United Arab Emirates non-oil sector, forcing businesses to increase their prices, according to the latest S&P Global UAE Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) released on Monday. “The burden of rising input prices continued to be felt across the UAE non-oil […]

In Syria, business hub hopes to drive recovery from war

In an industrial zone in northern Syria’s rebel-held city of Al-Bab, Abu Omar al-Shihabi’s smelter churns out iron bars he says can compete with any produced in Syria and beyond. The industrial zone is an unlikely business hub. It is located on the edge of a city which was once occupied by Islamic State and […]

$3bn IPO of Coca-Cola’s African bottler delayed

Coca-Cola’s estimated $3 billion initial public offering (IPO) for its African bottling unit will likely take place in the third quarter after market turmoil linked to the war in Ukraine upset plans to list earlier, three sources have said. The flotation of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) would be the biggest on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange […]

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Lucid to buy 100,000 electric vehicles from Saudi Arabia

Electric carmaker Lucid Group Inc on Tuesday said it has signed an agreement with the government of Saudi Arabia for the purchase of up to 100,000 of its vehicles over the next 10 years. Saudi Arabia commits to purchase 50,000 vehicles under the agreement, with an option to buy an additional 50,000 vehicles during the ten-year time frame, […]

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Qatar Airways suffers setback in feud with Airbus

A British judge has denied a bid by Qatar Airways to reinstate a jet contractcancelled by Europe’s Airbus in the latest twist to a dramatic feud playing out in UK courts. The companies have been locked in a safety dispute for months on Europe’s A350 long-haul jet. Their unprecedented bust-up widened in January when Airbus revoked a separate deal for […]

Tata Motors maps out long-range EVs for India and beyond

Tata Motors says it plans to launch electric cars with a minimum range of 500 kilometres (310 miles) and advanced technology features, targeting buyers in India and beyond. The first electric vehicles (EVs) built using its new platform should be on the road in 2025, Tata said during an event in Mumbai where it unveiled […]

Airbus wins backing for 2024 jet output

European planemaker Airbus looks set to raise narrowbody jetliner production for 2024 after reaching a compromise deal with at least two suppliers following months of wrangling over the speed of post-pandemic recovery. The world’s largest planemaker is restoring and slightly expanding pre-pandemic output for best-selling models as traffic rebounds in the West, but has been […]

Volkswagen and BP consider e-car charging alliance in new regions

Europe’s top carmaker Volkswagen and BP are planning to deepen their electric charging partnership and could expand it to other regions and technologies, the CEOs of both companies said on Thursday. “There are so many more areas where we are complementary,” Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess told reporters on the sidelines of an event in Duesseldorf […]

Emirates widens refurbish plan amid delivery delays

Emirates will refurbish more of its existing fleet than previously planned,its chief commercial officer said on Tuesday, as the airline faces delays to deliveries of new Boeing jets and seeks assurances over concerns with the Airbus A350s it ordered. The Gulf carrier is spending over a $1 billion to refurbish the fleet which includes installing a new premium economy […]

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Tesla’s big swoon as Musk moves for Twitter

This has been a wild week in the auto business. Ford and General Motors are duking it out over which of them will be No. 1 in the US electric vehicle market by the middle of the decade. Meanwhile, the current No. 1, Tesla, got a rude slap from its shareholders. You’d think convincing skittish […]

Turtle Beach explores options to defend against hedge fund

Turtle Beach Corp is looking at strategic alternatives including a possible sale, the company said, as it seeks to defend itself against a hedge fund which is seeking to replace all of the gaming equipment company’s six board members. Investment advisory firm Donerail Group and Turtle Beach have both made regulatory filings urging the company’s […]