A seemingly endless resource like Sand

The search for sustainable sand extraction is beginning While most of us are not aware of it, sand is – after air and water – the third most used resource on the planet. Every house, dam, road, wine glass and cell phone contains it. Even a seemingly endless resource like sand cannot keep up with […]

Dams ‘not sustainable’ in the developing world

After The dam that threatens a country’s water supply, here is another story about dam building but from a different standpoint. It’s by the BBC’s Matt McGrath, Environment correspondent and dated 5 November 2018. Large hydropower dams ‘not sustainable’ in the developing world     A new study says that many large-scale hydropower projects in Europe […]

Opportunity of Kuwait’s high demand for housing

An article by Sebastian Shehadi dated August 16, 2018 and published on fDi Intelligence is about the interview of this Kuwaiti construction company’s VIP.  It notably shows that business is as usual as it can be despite the on-going grid locking of the GCC interstates exchange of goods and services. Taking opportunity of Kuwait’s high demand […]

Middle East construction looks bad on paper

AMEInfo published this Expert opinion on how, on August 28, 2018, the Middle East construction looks bad on paper as narrated by Stephan Degenhart, Managing Director at Drees & Sommer Middle East, a leading European consulting, planning and project management enterprise . “One of the main causes of poor efficiency in the construction industry is […]

Cement is a major contributor to Climate Change

As a key input into concrete, the most widely used construction material in the world, cement is a major contributor to climate change . The chemical and thermal combustion processes involved in the production of cement are a large source of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Each year, more than 4 billion tonnes of cement are produced, accounting for around 8 per cent […]

3D printing technology by 2030

3D printing has been pioneered in the GCC region for some time now especially in the building industry generally but more specifically in a skyscraper as recently reported in Dubai. The local media reported that a ‘quarter of buildings in Dubai will be based on 3D printing technology by 2030 under a new strategy launched by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’. Indeed, 3D printing of building combines mobile robots with existing construction methods to make the construction processes faster, cost-effective and possibly sustainable. The GCC media elaborated at length on how 3D printing could decrease construction costs and shorten delivery [ . . . ]

Saudi leads MENA’s steel production

Saudi leads MENA’s steel production outperforming all Arab countries with a production of 5.6 million tonne in 2015, according to Al-Riyadh, a well informed local newspaper. Saudi Arabia secured this top ranking despite the various difficulties encountered by its steel factories with allegations of damping and temporary ban on steel exports. Certain austerity measures in dealing with the crisis, included drastic management decisions such as cuts in salaries and annual bonuses together with laying off workers. Egypt took 2nd place with capacity with 5.5 million tonnes and the UAE 3rd with 3 million tonnes. Metal & Steel KSA is planning for a seminar for a Metal & Steel Saudi Arabia 2016 on 1 to 3 May 2016 in Riyadh. http://www.metalsteelsa.com/ excerpts of the invitation follow. The 5th International exhibition of Metal & Steel Saudi Arabia will continue at the staggering pace of growth. . . .