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Saudi Arabia News and Analysis


Riyadh looks at raising $15bn from bond saleSubscription

Government encouraged by success of Qatar’s record bond


Firms prepare to bid for Jeddah airport packageSubscription

Saudi Arabia plans to privatise all airports by 2020

Petrochemicals plant

Sabic inks China petrochemicals agreementSubscription

Saudi producer to conduct study into building complex

Power plant

Bids invited for Jeddah South power plant expansionSubscription

Project owner has prequalified 15 contractors to participate in tender

Petrochemicals industry

French firm wins Saudi ethylene contractSubscription

Group to supply engineering and equipment for Saudi Kayan project

Maldives airport

Saudi Binladin wins Maldives airport contract Subscription

Construction of new airport passenger terminal is first Maldives contract for firm

Oil & Gas

Aramco makes new oil discoveriesSubscription

Company plans to continue energy sector investment and explore for gas in the Red Sea

Saudi Aramco

Saudi Aramco appoints banks for debut sukukSubscription

World’s biggest oil exporter is working with a group of local and international banks

Mecca Metro Line C

Riyadh prioritises Mecca Metro

Project will help increase number of visitors to holy sites

Power plant

First power from 2,640MW Saudi power plant comes onlineSubscription

When fully operational, the plant will provide enough electricity for 2 million people

Jubail Industry City in Saudi Arabia

Sabic seeks top management changes at three unitsSubscription

Company recommends changes at affiliates including one which experienced deadly fire

Sewage treatment

Contractors work on proposals for Jeddah airport sewage plantSubscription

Plant will have a capacity of up to 500,000 cubic metres a day (cm/d)

US-based GE’s distributed power business finds promising markets in areas of volatility

GE announces multi-billion dollar Saudi agreementsSubscription

Partnerships cover a wide range of sectors


Saudi Arabia invites proposals for potential bondSubscription

The move comes just weeks after the country raised $10bn in loan

Changes: Sabic is streamlining its global operations

Sabic denies merger with Aramco unit Subscription

Companies say the media reports suggesting a possible merger are inaccurate


Aramco receives bids for western oil products pipelineSubscription

New infrastructure will transport gasoline, diesel and jet fuel between Yanbu and Jeddah


IMF welcomes Saudi spending cutsSubscription

Riyadh has introduced reforms to adjust economy to drop in oil prices

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia mulls paying contractors in bond instrumentsSubscription

The government looking at issuing “I-owe-you’’ notes to contractors as method of payments

Saudi Binladin Group

Saudi Binladin signs $667m loan with Saudi banksSubscription

The Saudi contractor will primarily use the funding to  to pay laid off workers and regularise salaries

Contractors join forces for Aramco's Fadhili scheme

Negotiations continue for Fadhili IPPSubscription

Client had planned to select preferred bidder in December

Vision 2030 infographic

Saudi Arabia by 2030Subscription

A visual key to Riyadh’s economic transformation plan


Changes vital to boost safety in healthcare Subscription

Moving from a culture of blame towards one of safety in the GCC medical sector involves change

Khaled Sifri

Region holds on to its entrepreneurial spiritSubscription

Interview: Khaled Sifri, CEO, Emirates Investment Bank

Sani Sener, TAV Group

TAV Group stands firm on airport PPPsSubscription

Interview: Sani Sener, CEO of TAV Group

Busy surgery room

Big prospects in medical sectorSubscription

The GCC healthcare market is forecast to double in size by 2020, despite the low oil price. However, the sector does have its challenges

Surgery room

Reform crucial for healthcareSubscription

The biggest challenge in the GCC is striking a balance between improving healthcare services and the cost of those services

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

Healthcare projects continue despite spending slowdownSubscription

Governments continue to prioritise hospital schemes


Must read: Abu Dhabi cuts 5,000 jobs while Dubai and Kuwait move on with projects Subscription

Outlook for GCC economies remains challenged due to low oil prices


Maintaining the banking momentumSubscription

Banque Saudi Fransi aims to maintain its positive momentum in 2016, despite a more challenging backdrop

Doha Metro station

Must read: Qatar and Dubai move on projects and Riyadh shakes up governmentSubscription

Event-driven projects and government reforms are the main drivers of the market


Private equity can shift to defensive sectorsSubscription

If private equity investors focus on more resilient sectors, they can continue to grow, says Gregory Garnier, partner at Bain & Company

Avenues Mall in Kuwait

The 10 retail projects you need to watch: Part 2Subscription

MEED looks at the major new retail projects being developed across the region

Dubai doubles capacity of solar project

Must read: Dubai's solar record, Al-Zour extension and Aramco awards Ras Tanura dealsSubscription

Low bid beats tariff for previous phase of Dubai’s solar park

City Centre Mall

The 10 retail projects you need to watch: Part 1Subscription

MEED looks at the major new retail projects being developed across the region

Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul)

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

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

Ras Tanura refinery

The 10 Gulf oil projects you need to watchSubscription

Part one: MEED looks at the oil schemes in the balance in Oman, Saudi Arabia and the UAE

A site perspective of King Abdullah Economic City in Saudi Arabia

The truth about diversificationSubscription

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


Riyadh announces sweeping reforms with Vision 2030 planSubscription

Full details of economic roadmap due in 30-45 days

Ahmed Ismail, MAF Ventures

Majid al-Futtaim adapts growth plansSubscription

Interview: Ahmed Ismail, CEO, Majid Al Futtaim Ventures

Saudi refinery

The sector that Riyadh should focus on

Investing in downstream can generate up to $160bn in GDP and 800,000 jobs for Saudi nationals by 2030