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Saudi Arabia News and Analysis

Artist's rendition of base of Kingdom Tower

Fund established to finance world’s tallest towerSubscription

Jeddah tower will be completed in 2018

Gas compressor

Aramco receives bids on Hasbah offshore expansionSubscription

Companies prepare proposals on five further offshore contracts in the kingdom

Electricity transmission

Indian firm wins substation contracts in Saudi ArabiaSubscription

Substations will be installed in Hail area

Abengoa designed the Solucar Platform in Spain

Spain’s Abengoa starts insolvency proceedingsSubscription

Move may have impact on Middle East projects

Saudi Aramco

December awards planned for $1bn Master Gas packagesSubscription

Saudi Aramco assessing three pipeline contracts after deal on compressor station

Cement plant

German group wins major Saudi cement dealSubscription

Firm to build two clinker lines close to Riyadh

Ras Tanura refinery

Saudi Arabia prepares to tender Ras Tanura clean fuelsSubscription

International companies prequalify for two major packages on Gulf coast aromatic project


Rail sector heads to a very cautious 2016Subscription

Value of contract awards declines by over 30 per cent year-on-year

Saudi Arabia forms $10bn investment fund

Saudi Arabia to impose 2.5 per cent land taxSubscription

According to government statistics, there are currently 750,000 families eligible for public housing

Electricity transmission

Kuwait signs Egypt-Saudi electricity link funding dealSubscription

The 25-year loan will cover 15 per cent of the Egyptian side of the project

Power plant

Saudi Arabia sets submission date for 3,780MW power plantSubscription

Integrated solar combined-cycle plant will be one of the kingdom’s largest power generation facilities

King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh

Saudi Arabia expected to cut budget spending in 2016Subscription

Reducing expenditure on infrastructure projects is easiest option for policy makers

Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi

Investments in oil assets must continue, says Saudi oil ministerSubscription

Ali al-Naimi says investment pace must continue for producers to meet global demand growth

saudi Arabia oil

Investments in oil assets must continue, says Saudi oil ministerSubscription

Ali al-Naimi says investment pace must continue for producers to meet global demand growth

Oman seeks electricity spot market advice

GCC plans to expand electricity tradingSubscription

Countries want to introduce a market similar to Scandinavia and trade with Europe long-term

Challenging environment for construction sector

CCC secures $350m cash cushion for delayed paymentsSubscription

Regional contractor may borrow more if payments continue to be delayed

Sewage treatment plant under construction

Contractors wait on news for Jeddah wastewater projectSubscription

Firms submitted prequalification entries in first quarter of 2015

Saudi Arabia housing

Saudi land tax legislation in final stages Subscription

Saudi Arabia has been discussing land taxes since 2014

Jabal Omar development

Jabal Omar extends Hill management dealSubscription

US firm has been working on Mecca development since 2010

Electricity pylons

Alstom to pay $772m bribery fineSubscription

Bribery case involved transactions committed in Saudi Arabia, Egypt 

Funding gap

Contractors bridge the funding gapSubscription

Companies are turning to banks as clients delay payments

majeed karim

Energy trading in GCC moves step closerVideoSubscription

The GCC wants to extend its electricity grid to be able to export and import energy beyond the bloc

Qatar seeks further prices from Facility D independent water and power plant bidders

Acwa Power gains further ground in GCC developer rankingsSubscription

UK/French Engie retains the number one spot in MEED’s 2015 GCC developer ranking

Aramco expected to approve oil scheme

Outlook for Saudi Arabia's oil sectorVideoSubscription

A detailed video presentation on oil plans in the kingdom

Power sector

Saudi Arabia plans upcoming power & water projectsVideoSubscription

A video presentation looking at plans in the kingdom to ensure it meets future capacity requirements

Oman port

Falling liquidity to push up cost of PPPsSubscription

Sound projects will find financing, but on less favourable terms


Private financing resurfaces in regionSubscription

Governments need to create effective and transparent institutions to succeed this time around


GCC deficit forecast to hit 13 per centSubscription

Saudi Arabia, Oman and Bahrain will run through reserves in five years under current conditions

The union flag flying at half mast at Buckingham Palace in London after the death of Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud in January

London and Riyadh rethink tiesSubscription

France is getting much closer to Riyadh, potentially encroaching on London’s once privileged turf

More sovereign wealth funds are planning to increase their allocations for real estate investment. For example, the Qatar Investment Authority has bought Canary Wharf in London

Fiscal tightening creates pressure on sovereign wealth fundsSubscription

GCC governments are facing major fiscal deficits and are starting to draw down on their wealth funds to finance shortfalls

Hamad Port

The best and worst ports in the regionSubscription

The shipping industry in the Middle East and North Africa is recording solid growth, but such statistics mask the large gap between the best and the worst ports

Jeddah in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia runs 2015 deficit to meet spendingSubscription

Deficit is expected to decline as one-off spending ends and infrastructure is completed

Dubai International Financial Centre

GCC banking growth to slowSubscription

New credit cycle will mean harder conditions for lenders