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Middle East petrostates moving beyond crude oil

Diversification brings in Japanese partners, including at Dubai refinery

Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani, emir of Qatar, center, attends the opening ceremony of Laffan Refinery 2 with other stakeholders in Doha, Qatar, on Feb. 20.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Middle Eastern countries are weaning themselves off crude oil production and pouring more resources into manufacturing value-added petroleum products, which could lead to new sources of procurement for resource-poor nations like Japan.

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