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Maaden Q1 profit jumps twofold to $262m

Higher sales volume and lower depreciation costs helped Saudi state-backed miner Maaden’s net profits rise more than twofold rise year on year for the first quarter of 2024. Net earnings reached SAR982 million ($262 million) in January to March, compared to SAR419 million a year earlier. Revenue fell 9 percent year on year to SAR7.2 […]

Clothing, Hardhat, Helmet A worker makes notes at a Saudi Arabian steel factory; the industrial production index fell from 114 points in March 2023 to 104 in March 2024

Industrial output falls in Saudi Arabia after oil cuts

Saudi Arabia’s industrial output index has fallen almost 9 percent over the past year, largely due to a policy of oil production cuts the government began in mid-2022. The industrial production index fell from around 114 points in March 2023 to 104 in March 2024, as mining and quarrying fell by 14 percent and manufacturing […]

Saudi Arabia’s industry and mineral resources minister Bandar Al-Khorayef. The country is struggling to meet an FDI target of $100bn a year by 2030

Saudi industry minister tempts investors with funding incentives

Saudi Arabia’s ministry of investments and mineral resources is prepared to finance up to 75 percent of industrial projects in the country, as the kingdom tries to boost its low foreign direct investment (FDI) numbers.  Bandar Al-Khorayef, the minister of industry and mineral resourcespointed to well-developed infrastructure across 36 industrial cities, prefabricated factories ready to […]

2REKCFR Soroako, Indonesia. 28th July, 2023. A worker seen in action at Nickel mine, operated by PT Vale Indonesia in Sorowako. U.S. Geological Survey Shows that Indonesian nickel reserves ranked first, reaching 21 million tons or equivalent to 22% global reserves. Credit: SOPA Images Limited/Alamy Live News

Manara takes a $2.5bn stake in Brazilian mining giant

Manara Minerals, a joint venture between Saudi Arabian Mining Co (Maaden) and the sovereign Public Investment Fund (PIF), has completed a $2.5 billion deal to acquire a stake in a subsidiary of Brazilian giant Vale. Maaden said in a filing to the Saudi Exchange that it has acquired 10 percent of Vale Base Metals Limited […]

The UAE and Kenya will work will work together on mineral exploration, processing, marketing and mine development

UAE and Kenya sign mining and technology deal

The UAE and Kenya have signed an agreement to boost investment in the mining and technology sectors, as the Gulf state focuses on Africa to enhance its precious metals and minerals reserves. As part of the agreement, the UAE Ministry of Investment and the Republic of Kenya Ministry of Finance and National Treasury will work […]

US company Albemarle controls 20% of the world's lithium market but Gulf companies have their sights set on production too

Lithium’s highs and lows – and what they mean for the Gulf

For one of the world’s most critical minerals, the past two years have been the best of times and the worst of times. First, lithium prices shot skywards, hitting around $80,000 per metric tonne in 2022 amid fears that global supply would not meet demand. Then, in just a year, the soft, silvery-white metal lost […]

Minerals Development Oman has signed MoUs with global buyers for the offtake of 17 million tonnes of gypsum and limestone

Oman advances plans for mega minerals complex

State-backed Minerals Development Oman (MDO) has awarded a feasibility study contract for a new industrial minerals complex in Dhofar governorate. The company is working to secure the final investment decision to proceed with the Al Shuwaimiyah industrial minerals project, according to its 2023 annual report. MDO is also in discussions with potential investors to take […]

The reported $1 billion stake in the copper-gold mine would give PIF a 25% share

PIF close to buying Pakistan copper mine stake

Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund is close to finalising a deal to buy a $1 billion stake in Pakistan’s Reko Diq copper-gold mine, in what would be a Saudi lifeline for the debt-ridden country, a Pakistani newspaper has reported. Barrick Gold, the Canadian-listed company that owns a 50 percent stake in the Reko Diq mine, […]

The six new mining opportunities revealed by Saudi Arabia include gold, copper, zinc, lead and silver

Saudi Arabia invites bids for six mining licences

Local and international investors are being invited to bid for the latest round of mining licences in Saudi Arabia as the kingdom ramps up operations across its minerals sector. The six mining opportunities revealed by the Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources include gold, copper, zinc, lead and silver ore and cover a total area […]

The $5bn Oman investment fund will largely focus on major projects but will also aid SMEs and startups

Oman launches $5bn fund for major projects

Oman Investment Authority plans to deploy about $1 billion per year over the next five years as part of a new fund launched on Wednesday that will primarily focus on large-scale projects in the sultanate. The OIA officially announced the launch of the Future Fund Oman with $5.2 billion of capital, 90 percent of which will […]

Zambia copper mine

Abu Dhabi’s IRH completes Zambian copper mine deal

Abu Dhabi’s International Resources Holdings (IRH) has completed its acquisition of Mopani Copper Mines in Zambia and is reported to be interested in acquiring more of the country’s minerals industry. IRH is part of International Holding Company, Abu Dhabi’s most valuable company. Previous reports said IRH would invest $1.1 billion through the deal in return […]

The Abu Dhabi Industrial Strategy was launched by Crown Prince Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in June 2022

Abu Dhabi industrial sector attracts foreign investors

The Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce has said that the number of industrial licences issued by the emirate last year increased by 51 percent.  The total now stands at 363, excluding free zones. Statistics from Abu Dhabi Chamber also revealed that 46 foreign companies secured industrial licences in the emirate, with mining support services attracting […]

Eurasian Resources Group is testing its Nomad mining robot – based on Mars rover tech – in Saudi Arabia

Demand for Saudi mining licences rises sharply

Incentives and legislation are fuelling growth in Saudi Arabia’s mining industry as the government seeks to stimulate investment under Vision 2030. The Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources said demand for Saudi mining licences had surged since a mining investment law came into force in 2021. The number of building material quarry licences jumped to […]

China Eastern Airlines will operate three flights a week from Shanghai to Riyadh

Direct Shanghai flights reinforce Saudi air links scheme

China Eastern Airlines is to launch direct flights to Riyadh as part of the Saudi Air Connectivity Program (ACP) and the ‘Air Silk Road’ initiative to improve trade and tourism links between the two countries. Commencing on April 8, 2024, the three weekly flights will operate directly from Shanghai Pudong Airport and Riyadh’s King Khalid […]

The Temple of Hercules in Jordan. Tourism contributed about 15% to GDP in 2023

Jordan’s economic growth to slow on lower tourist arrivals

Jordan’s economic growth will ease to 2.1 percent in 2024 from 2.6 percent in 2023, as tourism arrivals are likely to be lower than record-breaking levels seen last year, S&P Global Ratings said in a report. “Our GDP growth forecast reflects fiscal drag and an expected increase in precautionary savings amid rising regional tensions,” it […]

Workers at a uranium mine in Kazakhstan, which produces 43 percent of the world's total

Uranium prices rise with demand for nuclear power

Barakah in the UAE, Dabaa in Egypt, Bushehr in Iran and Akkuyu in Turkey. Nuclear energy is now seen by many countries as central to emissions reduction. It is little surprise then that demand for feedstock – mainly uranium – has been spiking. Prices for the mineral, which is critical to the production of nuclear power […]

Maaden's profit dropped off in 2023 but the state mining company expects to 'aggressively expand' exploration

Saudi’s Maaden profit drops 83% on high debt costs

Saudi state-owned mining company Maaden reported an 83 percent year-on-year drop in net profit to SAR1.6 billion ($426 million) in 2023 as a result of higher borrowing costs and lower income from joint ventures. Revenue fell 27 percent year on year to over SAR29 billion ($7.7 billion) due to lower prices for all commodities except […]

Dubal Holding

Dubal Holding net yearly profit down by half

Dubal Holding, the investment company owned by the Dubai government, has announced a 50 percent drop in net profit for 2023 compared to the previous year. Dubal Holding, which invests in the commodities, mining, power, energy and industrial sectors, recorded a net profit of AED 1.79 billion ($487 million) for 2023, down from the previous […]

There are many steps from mining iron ore to a car rolling off the production line but Saudi Arabia plans to cover them all car being made manufacturing car EV electric vehicle

Saudi Arabia joins the dots from minerals to manufacturing

Consider for a moment how many different steps there are between digging a lump of iron ore out of the ground in Mauritania and pressing the starter button on a new electric vehicle (EV) in Riyadh. The ore must be mined, concentrated, combined with other elements, put through a furnace, a casting machine, cold- or […]

Steel production in the Gulf produces less emissions than traditional coal-fired furnaces used in other regions

Gulf steel has a keen edge on Chinese and Indian rivals

While the Gulf is currently a minor player on the global steel-making stage, economic diversification and the energy transition may be about to change all that. As the world seeks to decarbonise, Gulf steel makers have a head start, already producing lower-carbon steel than global sector leaders China and India. The region’s ample supplies of […]