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Atkins wins more Doha Metro design work

Atkins wins more Doha Metro design work Subscription Required

30 July 2014 | By Colin Foreman

Firm appointed as lead designer for Gold Line

Saint Gobain to supply pipes for Qatar mega reservoirs

French firm to supply pipes for Qatar mega reservoirs Subscription Required

30 July 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Local company installing pipelines as part of strategic water scheme

Middle East best performing region for Turner & Townsend

Turner & Townsend performs well in region Subscription Required

30 July 2014 | By Colin Foreman

Firm’s revenues up by 46 per cent

Firms submit revised prices for Doha metro contract

Firms submit revised bids for Doha metro deal Subscription Required

30 July 2014 | By Colin Foreman

Initial prices to supply and install systems and rolling stock were submitted in March

Qatar considers using solar technology for rail projects

Qatar considers solar technology for rail projects Subscription Required

27 July 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Solar panels at depot could provide up to 80MW of power for proposed rail system

Midmac and CCC take over Qatar Sidra Medical and Research Centre work

Midmac and CCC take over Qatar hospital work Subscription Required

27 July 2014 | By Colin Foreman

Joint venture replaces team of OHL and Contrack for work on Sidra Medical and Research Centre

Business

Faithful+Gould to focus on programme management Subscription Required

22 July 2014 | By Colin Foreman

Consultant says clients increasingly want global services

Oil and gas rig

Shell Group abandons Qatar gas concession Subscription Required

21 July 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

UK/Dutch oil major Shell Group fails to find commercial levels of gas at offshore block

Mining

Qatar Mining wins Malian gold concessions Subscription Required

20 July 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

State-owned operator to carry out exploration at four sites in West African state

Qatar foreign workers and recruitment agency charges

New report suggests hiring guidelines in Qatar Subscription Required

17 July 2014 | By Austyn Allison

Qatar Foundation calls for reform in recruitment of workers building 2022 World Cup infrastructure

Power transmission

Qatar invites bids for phase 12 of transmission programme Subscription Required

16 July 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Contractors invited to bid for multiple packages to expand country’s transmission and distribution infrastructure

Qatar Islamic Bank

Qatar Islamic Bank reports increase in first half profits Subscription Required

16 July 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Qatar Islamic Bank reports strong growth in its fee income business

Doha economy

Qatar is in danger of an economic own goal Subscription Required

15 July 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Bank of America warns Qatar’s megaprojects are likely to be delayed if the World Cup is relocated

Healthcare projects

Ashghal seeks key personnel for healthcare projects Subscription Required

14 July 2014 | By Colin Foreman

Schemes will be delivered over the next three years

Murray & Roberts tie-up wins Doha design and construct deal Subscription Required

10 July 2014 | By Colin Foreman

Joint-venture contract covers research and technology centre at Education City in Doha

QNB reports profit rise for first half of year Subscription Required

9 July 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Qatar National Bank assets reach new high for bank

Barwa Bank posts increased profits Subscription Required

1 July 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Total bank assets grow by 15 per cent

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Hill appointed as project manager for Mall of Qatar Subscription Required

30 June 2014 | By Colin Foreman

Shopping centre is one of the largest retail schemes in Doha

Veolia wins $50m Khazzan water plant contract in Oman Subscription Required

30 June 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

French firm will build wastewater facility at tight gas field

Analysis

Rigs operating in the Middle East and North Africa June 2014

Middle East rig count on the rise Subscription Required

31 July 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

The region is now the world’s second-biggest market for operating oil rigs

Qatar drives mergers and acquisitions

Qatar drives Middle East mergers and acquisitions Subscription Required

16 July 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Value of deals in the second quarter highest since start of 2011

Observers: Qatar sent a 140-strong delegation to Brazil to learn from its World Cup successes and mistakes

What Qatar can learn from Brazil World Cup Subscription Required

10 July 2014 | By Mark Watts

Brazil’s World Cup experiences can teach Qatar valuable lessons on how to host its event in 2022

Getting ready: Qatar is preparing to host the 2022 World Cup by airing this year's games in specially built fan zones

Qatar experiments ahead of hosting World Cup Subscription Required

9 July 2014 | By Mark Watts

The biggest challenge in hosting the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar could be catering to thousands of football fans used to a less restrictive environment

Qatar commercial bank lending

Private sector lending in Qatar picks up speed Subscription Required

1 July 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Lending growth forecast to remain about 10-15 per cent a year

Doha

Investors start developing malls in Doha ahead of World Cup Subscription Required

24 June 2014 | By Colin Foreman

A series of new private-sector shopping mall projects in Doha are in the early stages of development

Oil offshore

Oil exporters put the brakes on spending Subscription Required

12 June 2014 | By Dominc Dudley

Oil exporters are starting to trim spending to keep budgets more in line with oil prices

Oil prices and Middle East oil production

Stable oil prices expected in 2014 Subscription Required

11 June 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

Energy Information Administration forecasts average prices of almost $105 a barrel  

Comment

Dubai Metro: Expansion could link to more areas

Metro progress is a promising sign

17 July 2014 | By Colin Foreman

Both Dubai and Doha will benefit in the long term from the metro projects under way for World Cup and Expo

Learning: Qatar has been watching Brazil 2014 closely

Doubts remain over Qatar 2022

10 July 2014 | By Mark Watts

After Brazil 2014 has ended, the focus will return with greater intensity to Qatar and whether it can host the 2022 football tournament

Qatar Fifa dispute

Fifa dispute to breed distrust

5 June 2014

The conflict raging over Qatar’s hosting of the 2022 World Cup raises concerns that clients will treat foreign firms with suspicion

Oil

Oil sector starts to reawaken Subscription Required

29 May 2014

Doha is increasing oil activity, hoping to shield the country against the shale gas revolution

Change: Exchanges will need to attract fresh listings

Volatility hits stock markets Subscription Required

22 May 2014

Improvements are needed in the UAE and Qatari bourses to reduce their vulnerability to speculators and attract longer-term investors

Doha

Stadiums are the new focus in Qatar Subscription Required

8 May 2014 | By Colin Foreman

Contractors are now turning their attention to the 2022 World Cup stadium projects, although details of upcoming projects are still unclear

Qatar World Cup

Qatar stadium doubts surface again Subscription Required

24 April 2014 | By Jeff Florian

Doha’s plan to review the number of stadiums it will build has raised doubts about the credibility of its bid

Markets and bonds

Bonds market gains maturity Subscription Required

10 April 2014

An increasingly diverse base of issuers, driven by strong economic growth is helping to deepen the region’s capital markets

Gasification at Jizan

Higher bid prices return to the GCC Subscription Required

10 April 2014

European firms have been winning work again for a couple of years now, beating South Korean competition

Rail

Next hurdle for key rail market Subscription Required

27 March 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

While billions of dollars are being invested in rail infrastructure in Saudi Arabia, it still faces a challenge in attracting the necessary expertise

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, Emir, Qatar

Dispute threatens GCC joint initiatives Subscription Required

25 March 2014

GCC leaders will be aware that all sides will be losers if the diplomatic dispute is allowed to escalate into a broader crisis

Regional metro schemes

New players to fill metro void Subscription Required

20 March 2014

With the region’s metro boom gathering pace, competition for resources is also mounting

Qatar's energy quandry

Doha considers energy options Subscription Required

20 March 2014

Qatar Petroleum is determining how to move forward with the North field and is also investing in its oil fields

Doha

Worker scrutiny threatens Qatar growth Subscription Required

13 March 2014 | By Jeff Florian

If Doha’s ability to hire foreign labourers is hampered, this could delay projects and curb growth

Sheikh Tamim: Remains unshaken on foreign policy

Sheikh Tamim faces next test Subscription Required

6 March 2014 | By Adal Mirza

As Saudi Arabian, Bahraini and UAE ambassadors withdraw from Doha, the region looks to the Qatari emir for the state’s next foreign policy move

Doha

Riyadh metro makes progress Subscription Required

27 February 2014

While similarities exist, the Doha and Riyadh metro projects are being delivered using quite different procurement methods

Petrochemicals

Firms line up for Al-Karaana complex Subscription Required

20 February 2014

Petrochemicals scheme will be followed by a near-identical project. Focus will switch to the football World Cup after projects are finished

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