Archive for the ‘Kuwait’ Category

Not Just Oil: Wind Farms of the Middle East

Via The Green Prophet, a look at some of the Middle East’s most significant wind energy projects: In recent years, the Middle East has emerged as a significant player in renewable energy, embracing the potential of wind power to diversify its energy mix and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Despite being synonymous with oil-rich landscapes, […]

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Zain: The Remarkable Story of a Small Kuwaiti Telecoms Firm that Became a Global Giant

Via Emerging World, a review of a book on a sleepy Kuwaiti telecoms firm which surged to prominence on the back of visionary leadership and a string of acquisitions, most notably a big bet on Africa from 2003-2009: “History will be be kind to me,” the late Winston Churchill once famously said, “because I intend […]

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A Transformative Railway Bazaar

Via The Economist, a look at how a new web of railways could transform the Middle East and Africa: Not since the Hijaz railway between Damascus and the holy city of Medina was ruptured by the British buccaneer-cum-scholar T.E. Lawrence in the first world war has overland travel out of Saudi Arabia’s hinterland seemed so […]

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East Africa: The Last Great Frontier In the Hunt For Hydrocarbons?

Via Time, an interesting report on the renewed interest in East Africa’s hydrocarbon potential.  As the article notes: “…According to local lore, Portuguese travelers as far back as the late 19th century suspected that oil might lie beneath parts of East Africa after noticing a thick, greasy sediment wash up on the shores of Mozambique. […]

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Noor and Far: Kuwaiti Investment In Gazprom

Via The New York Times, a report that Kuwaiti investment firm Noor Financial Investment Co. will join with the Russian oil and gas giant’s Gazprom Geofizika subsidiary to form one venture in Russia and another in Kuwait.  As the article notes: “…Both joint ventures will provide oil and gas production, repair and maintenance services. …Gazprom […]

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City of Silk Rail Network to Link Middle East & China

Via Inhabitat, news that Camassive urban masterplan has been approved for Madinat al-Hareer, or City of Silk, in Subiya, Kuwait. With a budget of £66 billion ($132bn USD), the project is an ambitious endeavor that will provide a rail network between major Middle East cities and China.  As the article notes: “…Kuwait, Damascus, Baghdad, and […]

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