I'd hardly call Turkey a modern country.  More importantly, Turkey has no aluminum industrry (besides that 1 tiny smelter) and no technology to speak of.  No $ either.  Meanwhile UAE is the most modern Middle Eastern country (besides Israel) and boasts two of the largest smelters in the world ~ lots of money, lots of industry. You can see a listing of all the smelters in the world (and their production capacities) here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_aluminium_smelters

Turkey makes no sense at all, except maybe that it's smack in the middle of all the "stan" countries, where i suspect Russian business interests are very active.  There's a large smelter in Tajikistan, although it isn't a Rusal business.  Like i said, Istanbul is a complete mystery.  A red herring.  I'm tired of speculation.  Think i'll take holiday from ORT and come back whenever something significant occurs.  GLTA