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By Philippe Cadène

The Arab Gulf States own greater than 1/2 the planet’s crude oil reserves, and their fuel reserves are mammoth. The transition from being condo economies to generating economies has prompted quick and demanding adjustments, together with the inflow of overseas (Arab and Asian) guide workers, and surprising city improvement, fairly alongside the coast. This Atlas of the Gulf States comprises greater than a hundred and fifty maps and graphs in line with fresh information. It bargains a survey of the background and monetary and concrete improvement of the Gulf sector. For Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Iran, this atlas bargains special maps, plans and facts for the suitable provinces in addition to crucial towns. This Atlas is an up-to-date translation from the French version (2011), with a extra wide bibliography and an index.

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The second bridge, 40 km long, is planned to be constructed between the Qatar Peninsula and the island of Bahrain. Called the “Friendship Bridge,” it will make the exchanges between the members of the Gulf Cooperation Council easier because it will reduce the time need to drive from Doha to Manama by car from five hours to just thirty minutes. The strategic King Fahd Highway, which is often saturated with traffic, will be widened during the next few years. a speedy and radical transformation AMBITIOUS RAILWAYS PROGRAMME Esfahan Khorramshahr Basra Kuwait City Dammam Riyadh Shiraz Bushehr BRIDGES AND REGIONAL INTEGRATION High-voltage line in operation High-voltage line under building Bafq Ahvaz Bandar e Emam ELECTRIC INTERCONNECTION Kerman Zahedan Sirjan Manama Doha Dubai Abu Dhabi Jaber bridge (three proposals) BAHRAIN Dammam QATAR Doha Alladhill Muscat HVDC Kuwait Bay to Abu Dhabi SAUDI ARABIA Jazrah Ghunan Doha South Existing railways Salwa Proposed railways Train station Al Fouhai M’Hadah 0 From Al Manakh 2, Abu Dhabi, UPC, 2010 and Rah Ahan Iran.

Production of fertilizers and plastics are an offshoot of the petroleum industry. Saudi Arabia is the region’s largest producer, with 40 million tons of chemicals and plastics in 2006. SABIC (Saudi Basic Industries Corporation) dominates this sector and owns shares in several new companies. The ongoing projects aim to raise production by 60 percent by 2012. Iran (30 million tons) is the second largest producer, ahead of Qatar (10 million tons). Growth prospects are very bright and many foreign (especially western) companies are setting up joint-ventures with local companies.

Production in Oman will be concentrated in a giant factory in Sohar, which is being set up as a joint project between the Oman government, Rotterdam port, and a Brazilian giant of the sector. Huge steel mills are being commissioned in al-Jubail, Dammam, Muharraq, and in the Mussafah industrial zone in Abu Dhabi. Iran, which has iron and coal mines, has been trying to develop a steel industry since the 1920s. Since it is able to satisfy only 70 percent of its domestic needs of cast iron and steel, in spite of opening large steel mills in Isfahan in 1971 and in Ahvaz in 1989, Iran (10 million tons) is now building a steel complex in Bandar Abbas and wants to raise its production to 15 and then 18 million tons between 2010 and 2015.

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