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Largest dairy farm in world? In KSA, of course 23, April 2010

Posted by thegulfblog.com in Saudi Arabia.
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The Centre for Strategic and International Studies’ monthly newsletter informs slightly incredulous readers that the largest dairy farm in the world is in Saudi Arabia. Indeed, it is over twice as large as the largest American equivalent. Stuck in the middle of the desert with 37,000 cows, the farm uses cooling water AC to keep the cows at a pleasant temperature.

In the height of last summer I went to a dairy farm in Kuwait that also used a similar system. Imagining the farm that I saw scaled up thousands of times beggars belief. The sheer amount of water needed to keep the farm working is staggering. The newsletter reports that it takes a whopping 2300 gallons of water to produce one gallon of milk, three times the US’ average.

In Saudi of all countries, who are in the midst of abandoning old water-hungry agricultural projects, it is near impossible to see this venture continuing. Though, ironically enough, perhaps its best hope for its future lies in the glacial pace that Saudi does – well – pretty  much everything.

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Cyprus requests Qatari mediation assistance 23, April 2010

Posted by thegulfblog.com in Qatar.
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Whilst Qatar’s Emir was on a visit to Nicosia, the Cypriot President Demetris Christofias officially requested Qatar’s diplomatic assistance in finding a solution to the decades old Greece Cypriot-Turkish conflict. He hoped to use Qatar’s close relations with Turkey to broker a solution to the conflict.

Also on this visit the Qatari Emir announced a $150 million joint venture and investment in Cyprus in – as ever – a retail, leisure and hotel complex, also set to include offices and apartments.

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