Archive for the ‘Kuwait’ Category

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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Gulf Continues to Accelerate

Via Arabian, an interesting article detailing the biggest share gainers in the Gulf during the first half of 2008.  According to the report: “…Four of the world’s top ten performing stock exchanges are in the Gulf. Oman’s main stock index has gained 29.4 percent since the beginning of the year as Kuwait advanced 21.3 […]

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Wireless Operators Dialing Africa and Other Emerging Markets For Growth

As recently reported in the Investors Business Daily, there is a race among various cellular phone operators to grab assets in still-developing markets where wireless penetration is still well below 30%, and in some cases 10%, in many parts of Africa, southeast Asia, central Asia and other remote areas of the globe. As the article […]

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