How did the Middle East become so important to industrial minerals?
Published: Wednesday, 31 December 2014
As well as importing more minerals into the region, countries in the Middle East also started to concentrate on developing their own minerals industry, here, Siobhan Lismore-Scott details why this has happened and where.
Until relatively recently, commodity trade and interest in
the Middle East focused on the demand for crude oil. As an
oil-rich region, this meant there was a need for industrial
minerals used in drilling muds, as well as those used in
construction to support the infrastructure that sprung up