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OIL MOVIE: Black Gold with Antonio Banderas

Thecinema’s fascination with oil continues with the imminent release of “BlackGold,” a drama about the Middle Eastern oil boom, starring Antonio Banderas. The filmis in the vein of “Lawrence of Arabia,” according to some reviews, which alsopoint to the “horror of Antonio Banderas’ miscasting as an Emir. The plotis about two Arabian chieftains who have […]

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MOVES: Liz Bains to Editor, MEED magazine

Elizabeth (Liz) Bains, formerly with ICIS, has been promoted to editorof the Middle East Economic Digest (MEED) magazine, she announced lastweek.Bains has been based in Dubai with MEED since August 2008, starting as Gulf correspondent before being promoted to supplements editor and then analysis editor.

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Chemical adverts #14 – Tasnee 25th Anniversary

This advert across a double-page spread in the Middle East-themed ICB issue of 16 May 2011 celebrates the 25th anniversary of Saudi Arabia-based National Industrialisation Co (TASNEE), and has been selected for the Blog’s occasional series on noteworthy chemical adverts by virtue of its grand scale, its striking use of colour and the boldness of […]

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Petrochem Middle East interview at APIC 2010

I’ve just read Mahua’s article on the growth prospects for aromatics in the Middle East and India, together with this upbeat video clip.   “The happy story [about the Middle East] is that volumes are growing, margins are healthy,” said Yogesh Mehta, managing director of distribution company Petrochem, referring to the start up of new […]

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ICIS starts reporting from Dubai

ICIS has its first Dubai-based reporter in Yuo Guo, who moved there from our Singapore office two weeks ago and will be taking over the PVC and Solvents Middle East pricing reports in addition to her current Asian reports such as PET and OX.   “We hope to strengthen our pricing and news coverage from […]

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Abdulrahman Al Seriea joins Integra

Abdulrahman Al Seriea has joined Integra’s trading team in charge of petrochemicals in the Middle East, the company announced by email on Wednesday.   He started working from the company’s newly established base in Riyadh on 25 April 2010. He previously worked for 20 years for SABIC in Riyadh, with various positions in aromatics and […]

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Dubai jokes

Dubai is a popular destination for western petrochemical people who want to visit the Middle East but stay within their comfort zone.   It is often referred to as Middle East-lite, in the same way that Singapore is Asia-lite, Capetown is Africa-lite and Buenos Aires is South America-lite.   The Dubai debt crisis is unlikely […]

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Baseoils and belly-dancing

The Blog has been enjoying the almond-stuffed dates from Dubai which are the most edible souvenir of last week’s ICIS Middle East Baseoils Conference. Our own Shelley Kerr is just back from presenting a paper at the conference’s Baseoils Methodology Seminar and meeting many of her editorial contacts during the two-and-a-half day event. From her […]

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Talking chemicals in Canada’s Rockies

Even with scenery like this sometimes you have to think petrochemicals. The CERI (Canadian Energy Research Institute) annual petrochemicals conference has been held at the Delta Lodge in Kananaskis, Alberta, for the past few years. ICIS’ Nigel Davis arrived there on Sunday ready to give a paper about new developments in the Middle East.   Nigel doesn’t […]

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Dubai training seminars

The ICIS conference and training team is back from Dubai after running a Baseoils conference, two training seminars and a joint ICIS/Nexant Middle East Petrochems conference, leaving the city seriously depleted of earrings, pashminas and fake handbags. I hear that everything went smoothly and with a very good turnout at the conferences.   Our event manager […]

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