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The tiny Gulf kingdom of Bahrain has hit a jackpot of shale oil, with reserves equal to Russia's on the Khaleej Al Bahrain field. more

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Iran is showing no signs of slowing its drive to grow its petrochemical industry, with a senior decision-maker stating that plans are underway to increase the country's petrochemical production capacity up to 120 million tonnes per year by 2021. more

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Manufacturing has become a major growth focus for the Gulf Cooperation Council as economies within the GCC look to stabilise their economic dependencies by relying less heavily on oil. more

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We look back on the stories that got MEP readers clicking like crazy in the hottest month of the year, with the Turkish coup, women in business and ENGEL's little brother WINTEC catching your eye. more

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A prolonged period of lower oil prices has confirmed that the current state of the commodity on the markets has taken its toll on investment and energy-efficiency in the Middle East. more

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Two new steam-cracking processes developed by ExxonMobil and Saudi Aramco, allow petrochemical producers to essentially skip the refining process in converting crude oil directly to light olefins. more

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Tunisian decision-makers could be working on a joint investment initiative worth $2 billion with Qatar, which would benefit manufacturing and food production. more

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Brent Crude futures have plunged on news Iran's trade sanctions are to be lifted, potentially flooding an already struggling oil market as the world's forth-largest oil reserve re-enters the fray. more

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We recap the top five most-read headlines on the MEP website from December and it seems the CHINAPLAS momentum hasn't slowed as the year has come to an end. more

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We've compiled a list of the top-five most-read headlines for November on the Middle Eastern Plastics website. Revisit our most-read plastics stories from the last 30 days. more

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Despite crude oil hitting a nadir in January, the UAE's prospects for GDP growth in 2015 remain positive thanks to diversification and looking to the non-oil sectors including manufacturing to ensure economic success. MEP's Rose Brooke investigates. more

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Top brass from industry research and analysis leader IHS will deliver key presentations on the state of the international chemicals industry in light of the political atmosphere and commodities markets at the annual GPCA Forum. more

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Analysis from IHS states that Iran's petrochemical industry harbours enormous wealth potential - whether or not political sanctions are lifted. more

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To make sure the biggest stories get the attention they deserve, we bring you Editor's Choice - a collection of the top five headlines from the previous month. more

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Six months after it was founded, Castolin West Africa is paving the way for growth and ready to strengthen ties with Nigeria's oil and construction leaders. more

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Abu Dhabi's non-oil sector - which includes manufacturing and construction - has slowed and the UAE economy's economic outlook has been downgraded by the IMF. more

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With crude proving too unreliable an income generator, Oman's wealth fund is making investments elsewhere, including in a plastics supply company for the automotive industry. more

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The UAE's Economy Minister believes oil prices will recover by mid-2015. The black stuff is current at half its worth compared to June 2014 and is creating fear within the plastics industry. more

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The 6th SAOGE oil and gas exhibition in Saudi Arabia will be given an auspicious opening by HRH Prince Saud Bin Naif Bin Abdulaziz. more

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A report on the growing economies of the MENA region has suggested North Africa could eventually overtake the burgeoning economies of the GCC. more

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