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Oct 12, 2016

Mining in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – An Overview

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Covering two million square km, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the largest country by landmass in the Middle East and the 13th largest in the world. The Kingdom’s geology gives it an abundance of natural resources and raw materials. To date, over 48 minerals have been identified in the Kingdom, including feldspar and nepheline syenite; garnet; gold; zinc; granite; graphite; gypsum; tantalum; high-grade silica sand; kaolinitic clays; limestone; magnesium; marble; olivine; pozzolan; rock wool; silver; and zeolites. Extraction of these metals is taking place at a rapid pace, especially in high-demand areas such as aluminium and steel. The Kingdom has identified 1,273 sites of precious metals and 1,171 sites of non-precious metals.

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Authors and Contributors

Marwan Elaraby

Partner

Capital Markets

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+971 2 410 8123

Abu Dhabi

Dr. Sultan Almasoud

Partner

Mergers & Acquisitions

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+966 11 211 2000

Riyadh

Sanjarbek Abdukhalilov

Partner

Mergers & Acquisitions

+966 11 211 2000

+966 11 211 2000

Riyadh

Iain Elder

Partner

Project Development & Finance

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+44 20 7655 5125

London

Brendan Hundt

Counsel

Project Development & Finance

+966 11 211 2000

+966 11 211 2000

Riyadh

Matthew Powell

Partner

Mergers & Acquisitions

+971 2 410 8125

+971 2 410 8125

Abu Dhabi

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