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News and Analysis

Latest News & Analysis

Kuwait International airport

Council reviews Kuwait airport awardSubscription

28 April, 2016 10:39 am By

Turkish/local team submitted the lowest bid for Terminal 2 in August 2015

Combined-cycle power plant

UAE meets bidders for power plant expansionSubscription

28 April, 2016 6:23 am By

Eight groups submitted prices for power plant conversion project

Waste-to-energy plant

Dubai preparing to tender waste-to-energy projectSubscription

28 April, 2016 7:05 am By

The first phase of the scheme is planned to have a minimum capacity of 2,000 tonnes a day (t/d)

Siemens turbine

Siemens signs Qatar power deal Subscription

28 April, 2016 9:09 am By

German company was awarded contract to provide turbines for power project in 2015

Power plant

IFC arranges Iraq power plant financing packageSubscription

28 April, 2016 10:04 am By

Debt and equity package will include IFC’s first Islamic syndicated loan


Hackers target Qatar National BankSubscription

28 April, 2016 5:51 am By

Lender has launched investigation

Offshore oil rig

The 10 Gulf oil projects you need to watch: Part 2Subscription

28 April, 2016 4:24 am By

MEED looks at the oil schemes in the balance in Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Iran and Iraq

3D printing technology in construction

Dubai ramps up innovation driveSubscription

28 April, 2016 6:28 am By

A quarter of journeys in the emirate will be driverless by 2030

Hotel sector

Hoteliers look to renovate during slow periodsSubscription

28 April, 2016 9:16 am By

Hotel operators will increasingly seek to reinvest in properties as regional markets slow down


Egypt still waiting for return of Russian flights Subscription

28 April, 2016 12:29 pm By

Egypt’s tourism minister admits he is not sure when Russian flights will return

Sheraton hotel

Starwood aims for 100 Middle East hotels by 2020Subscription

28 April, 2016 4:59 am By

US group aiming to increase its footprint in the region by 75 per cent

Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul)

Must read: Saudi Arabia's economic vision, more Aramco awards and Abu Dhabi solarSubscription

28 April, 2016 8:22 am By

The major story this week was the kingdom’s Vision 2030 plans, while infrastructure project plans elsewhere in the GCC saw progress

Tehran metro

Tehran metro projects await fundingSubscription

28 April, 2016 8:57 am By

Three metro lines require $5.8bn in funding

The petrochemicals funnel

How petrochemicals can multiply GDPSubscription

28 April, 2016 10:10 am

The move downstream is increasing the economic contribution of the oil and gas industry

Construction infographic

A visual key to the region's construction sectorSubscription

28 April, 2016 10:55 am

Several pressure points are forcing the building industry to reinvent itself

Desalination plant

Qatar planning next Ras Abu Fontas water projectSubscription

27 April, 2016 6:43 am By

Desalination plant would be seventh major desalination plant at Ras Abu Fontas

Solar power

Abu Dhabi invites bids for 350MW solar projectSubscription

27 April, 2016 5:32 am By

Solar project will be developed as an independent power project (IPP)


Aramco considers India downstream investmentsSubscription

27 April, 2016 5:53 am By

Indian oil minister says refinery and petrochemicals stakes were discussed with oil company chairman

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC)

Dubai launches Gate Avenue at DIFC Subscription

27 April, 2016 4:58 am By

Retail district will connect existing and future projects at financial free zone

Dubai Metro

Dubai identifies locations for transit-oriented development Subscription

27 April, 2016 6:42 am By

Mixed-use schemes fully integrated into Route 2020


Oman seeks firms for logistics hub Subscription

27 April, 2016 7:43 am By

Tender scope includes roads and infrasrtucture


Dur Hospitality plans Yanbu hotel development Subscription

27 April, 2016 10:25 am By

Saudi company also signs franchise deal with Marriott International

Doha, capital of Qatar

Katara plans renovations for more hotelsSubscription

27 April, 2016 12:19 pm By

Qatari company has begun a programme to update its hotels


Mark Watts

Battle for market share back on after Doha breakdown Subscription

27 April, 2016 By

Saudi Arabia seen to be ramping up output after freeze in volumes is rejected

Andrew Roscoe

Take two for Saudi Arabia's renewables programmeSubscription

26 April, 2016 By

New renewable energy target offers great hope, but lessons must be learned from past mistakes

Richard Thompson

Riyadh ushers in new era

26 April, 2016 By

Right at the heart of Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed’s vision is a programme to diversify the giant Saudi economy by developing the manufacturing sector

Jennifer Aguinaldo

Transport investments to shift from road to railSubscription

25 April, 2016 By

Path towards refocusing away from roads will not be smooth

Sarmad Khan

Deals galore for investment banks in Saudi ArabiaSubscription

20 April, 2016 By

Saudi Aramco, Tadawul and Saudi Grains are just a few among state entities looking to list shares

Mark Watts

Doha talks end with worst possible outcomeSubscription

18 April, 2016 By

Oil exporters meet provides little scope for future cooperation to buoy crude market

Colin Foreman

Dubai retail has to adapt to surviveSubscription

18 April, 2016 By

Concerns about overcapacity and online competition will challenge the emirate’s position as a shopping destination

Andrew Roscoe

Water projects offer opportunitiesSubscription

17 April, 2016 By

Demand remains for residential and industrial desalination and wastewater schemes

Mark Watts

Mixed outlook for Doha oil exporters meetingSubscription

14 April, 2016 By

There is uncertainty over the outcome of the summit and the impact of a potential production freeze

Setting the Agenda

A site perspective of King Abdullah Economic City in Saudi Arabia

The truth about diversificationSubscription

26 April, 2016 By

Manufacturing is not the key to economic diversification, says one analyst

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Gulf Projects Index

Value of projects planned or under way, 15 April 2016

Gulf index recoversSubscription

19 April, 2016

Power plant project propels UAE to gain 3.5 per cent 

Contract Awards Data

Mena contract awards March 2916

Middle East contracts awarded: March 2016Subscription

10 April, 2016

44 contracts totalling $12,834m were awarded in March 2016