Power sector in the Middle East has been
growing strongly for the past few years and
has been attracting international players
for investment in generation, transmission,
and distribution of electricity. Middle East
countries like UAE, Jordan, Turkey, etc.
have shown tremendous performance in
electricity demand and installed capacity
and are further poised to register
impressive growth in the coming years.
Increasing population, rapid
industrialization, and construction boom are
among the prime factors pushing the
electricity demand in the region and thus,
resulting in a burgeoning electricity sector
with huge future growth potentials.
According to our latest research report
Middle East Power Sector Analysisi Qatar
witnessed record growth in power demand
among the GCC countries in 2010. Even in the
wake of economic slowdown, the electricity
production and consumption exhibited
year-on-year growth. Rapidly growing economy
and increasing residential demand have
fueled the growth of the power sector in the
country. UAE, Saudi Arabia, Jordan,
etc. also have strong future growth
potentials. The governments in these
countries have liberalized policies
pertaining to the electricity sector and are
currently in the process of formulating
privatization strategies. This has attracted
significant investments in the private
sectors of the Middle East countries. The
privatization of the electricity sector will
not only strengthen their power generation
infrastructure, but will also facilitate
towards efficient management of transmission
and distribution providing a desired balance
between power demand-supply mechanisms.
The developments are not just limited to
conventional oil and gas-based power
generation infrastructure, but the countries
are also striving hard towards utilizing
their available renewable energy potentials.
In addition, the countries have set an
ambitious goal of producing some percentage
of power through renewable energy sources in
the coming years.
from U.S. to EU:
The European Role and the
Aspirations of the Arab People 07/22/11
This decade has seen a shift in the
relations that Arabs have with Europe, with
the wave of change that swept the region
with the beginning of the year. Yet the
sovereign debt and Euro-zone crises have
both held back the European Union, and
brought many European countries into a
shortfall of, or even to reneging on, the
promises and pledges they had made. The
European interest in the events of Libya,
Syria, Yemen, Bahrain, Iran and Lebanon, as
well as in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict,
has not regressed. On the contrary,
every time the United States has
lagged behind in Libya or in Syria for
example, the European countries have helped
resuscitate American interest, so that it
may not fall into the slumber that usually
comes when it fixates itself upon its
domestic affairs, especially during an
The importance of the European role thus
lies in either filling the vacuum or
coordinating roles with the American ally in
supporting fledgling Arab democracies.
The European Union's role also lies in
seizing the opportunity of the strategic
Palestinian-European partnership offered to
the EU, as well as other strategic
partnerships with those actively shaping a
brighter future for the Arabs.
The veteran Jordanian diplomat Marwan
Muasher, vice president for studies at the
Carnegie Endowment, considers that the
interests at stake between the U.S. and
Saudi Arabia range from those where their
stances are identical to those on which the
two countries hold diametrically opposed
positions, such as the issue of
reform. Mr. Muasher says that "there is an urgent
need for the two sides to sit together
at the highest levels to resolve all
issues", because taking the risk of leaving
things as they are would be taking a
tremendous risk. Today, perhaps part of
what has had a negative effect on their
relations or on communication between the
two sides is the issue of reform in the Arab
region. The Obama administration
disagrees with Saudi Arabia in terms of
the nature of reform and of the priority
of preserving governments through
cosmetic or slow reforms. It is inevitable
to hold frank talks, and at the highest
levels, over such core disagreements. The
relationship between the United States and
Saudi Arabia does not have a single
dimension, but is a multifaceted
relationship, involving issues such as
the pace of reform, the fate of governments
and regimes, as well as matters of security
ensuing from the collapse of certain
regimes, or the survival of others. Yemen,
Iran, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine,
Jordan, Libya, as well as Egypt, all enter
into consideration in American-Saudi
relations. The interests that are affected
by deterioration or tension in these
relations are major interests, and
involve both security and economic issues.
Here, Europe plays a
key role in three important
issues, Iran, Syria and the
Palestinian-Israeli peace process -- bearing
in mind that Yemen is nearly an
American-Saudi issue, which in turn needs to
be discussed at the highest levels.
Meanwhile, Catherine Ashton is competent
and capable of charting a role for the
European Union to play, one that would serve
democratic aspirations and place Europe on
the map as a political player and as a
partner, not merely as a fund or as a proxy
as in the past.
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May 2011, that:
I believe Israel's oil
discovery comes as a
result of the Psalm 83 war that
we are f-a-s-t approaching.
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Will they have Energy
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the same policy that will be used to Dictate
their huge energy profits.
9:27 And he shall confirm the
covenant with many for one week.
Daniel 11:39 Thus shall he do in the most
strong holds with a strange god, whom
he shall acknowledge and increase with
glory: and he shall cause them to rule
over many, and shall divide the
land for gain.
Are we approaching a United Nations
Amendment where the United States votes
Natural gas deposits stir waters with
Lebanon July 27,2011
Neighborhood Policy, the
Progressive Seven-Year Accord
Involving Israel and
the EU and currently on hold.
envoy role for UK prince?
Prince of Wales may act as an
unofficial envoy in the war against
terrorism, it has emerged.
understood his close contacts with
Saudi Arabia and sympathetic understanding
of Islam would
help the international coalition shore
up support in the Arab world.
James' Palace - the prince's official
residence in London - and Downing
Street both refused to give details of
what the Prince's role could be, but
sources confirmed it was something
that was being looked at.
And more than anyone else
in the world, P.Charles lectures on
the virtues of Islam.
26.) And after
threescore and two weeks shall
Messiah be cut off, but not for
himself: and the people of the
prince that shall come shall
destroy the city and the sanctuary;
and the end thereof shall be with a
flood, and unto the end of the war
desolations are determined.
Alot has changed
Upheaval and Political Crisis is
than ever, the International
coalition needs to shore up support
in the Arab world.
for an EU Superstate.
Just one thing is
lacking... The Crippling
Demise of the United States of