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Archive for September, 2015

Bad timing? Qatar Investment Authority looks to invest $35 billion in US

Where Qatar Invests

Source: This is Money, UK.

Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund, Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), announced its plans of opening an investment office in the US and invest $35 billion over the next five years.  The move comes as it tries to diversify away from Europe and Asia.  Could it have chosen a worse time for this move?


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“Camels Don’t Fly, Deserts Don’t Bloom:” An update on Saudi Arabia’s water problems

World Desalination Capacity

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The title above is taken from Elie Elhadj’s paper on the coming water crisis in Saudi Arabia.  The paper was published in 2004!  Click here to read the full report.  We have also reported on the water crisis in Saudi Arabia here and here.  Today, there have been no effective solutions to the problem and it is only getting worse.

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