Tourism and Leisure in the new Libya

To anyone who has visited Leptis Magna, Sebratha, Cyrene and some of the fascinating towns in its vast desert interior, the rich culture and heritage of Libya is blindingly obvious.  Add to that the unspoilt 2000km coastline dotted with numerous beaches, the natural beauty of the Jebel Al-Akhdar (Green Mountains) in the east of the […]

War-torn Libya welcomes new tourism possibilities

The end of the 42-year Gaddafi era brings opportunities for war-torn Libya’s tourism sector according to a report from Euromonitor International. Prior to the conflict in 2010 arrivals to Libya reached just 1,245 thousand trips. The vast majority were for leisure purposes, accounting for 80% in 2010, as the country was only slowly opening up […]

Durban climate talks: day eight diary

Libyan geoengineering plans South Sudan, the world’s newest country, is here sitting next to the Vatican, and so is the new Libyan transitional government, with six delegates. Libya is wildly ambitious and clearly already trying to revolutionise thinking on climate change and science. It plans a monster geoengineering project that would not just cool the […]

Turkish Oil Company Eager to Resume Work in Libya

The head of the Turkish Petroleum Corporation, TPAO, office in Libya, Ahmet Tandircioglu has been reported saying that his company was eager to resume its oil exploration and other projects in the new Libya.  The TPAO executive said that the companies that served TPAO suffered losses and damages during the eight-month long armed conflict that […]

Qatari Investments in Libya accounting for around USD 10 billion

Before the collapse of the Libyan regime led by Gaddafi, several Libyan-Qatari agreements were concluded covering common investments that exceed USD 10 billion. After the National Transitional Council (NTC) took power in Libya, the Qatari Government started to observe cautiously, like all the other countries that supported the NTC, the size of its projects and […]

OMV Libya output back to half of prewar level

Austrian energy group OMV’s output from Libya has reached half the level it was before the civil war halted production, Chief Executive Gerhard Roiss said. “At the moment we are at 50 per cent of the pre-war level,” or at around 17,000 barrels per day (bpd), he told reporters on Friday, reiterating his view that […]

Libya’s NTC sets up committee to probe oil graft

Libya’s National Transitional Council has set up a committee to investigate corruption in the oil sector during the rule of Muammar Gaddafi, a member of the committee told Reuters on Sunday. A wide-reaching probe of oil deals could lead to a re-allocation of lucrative contracts awarded to foreign oil majors under Gaddafi, disrupting the companies’ […]

UAE embassy in Tripoli re-opened

TRIPOLI – UAE Ambassador to Libya Sultan Rashid Al Kaytoub today opened the UAE embassy in Tripoli, in presence of Abdul Karim Bazma, Secretary of the Libyan National Transitional Council & National Security Advisor. Also presents were the heads of diplomatic missions accredited by Tripoli and Salem Ibrahim Al Naqbi, 1st Secretary at the UAE […]