How did the Middle East become so important to industrial minerals?

By Siobhan Lismore-Scott
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 in...

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