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UAE News and Analysis

Waste-to-energy plant

Dubai preparing to tender waste-to-energy projectSubscription

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

3D printing technology in construction

Dubai ramps up innovation driveSubscription

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

Combined-cycle power plant

UAE meets bidders for power plant expansionSubscription

Eight groups submitted prices for power plant conversion project

Hotel sector facing challenges

Economics, politics and terror weighing on global travel marketSubscription

Lower oil prices hitting GCC hotel industry

Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways net profit up in 2015Subscription

UAE flagship carrier generated $103m in net profits in 2015

Solar power

Abu Dhabi invites bids for 350MW solar projectSubscription

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

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC)

Dubai launches Gate Avenue at DIFC Subscription

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

Doha, capital city of Qatar

Qatar to allow domestic fuel prices to fluctuateSubscription

Decision is part of the government’s broader subsidy reform agenda

Index Tower Dubai

Positive results for Emirates Reit on Dubai property gainsSubscription

Property income increased by 24.3 per cent during first quarter of 2016


Dubai property prices to decline further during 2016Subscription

Apartment prices have declined marginally compared to villas

Al-Reem Island in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi launches $5bn bondSubscription

The emirate’s two part bond was priced at tighter end of the price range

The Address Fujairah resort

Emaar Hospitality to open 35 hotels and residencesSubscription

Properties will be opened in UAE and other markets under three brands

Offshore oil and gas rig

Abu Dhabi pushes back bids for gas processing plantSubscription

International companies preparing to submit proposals for processing Al-Dabbiya field gas 

City Centre Mall

Majid al-Futtaim tenders mall construction dealSubscription

Al-Zahia City Centre mall will be built in Sharjah

Saadiyat Island masterplan

Joint venture wins Saadiyat construction dealSubscription

Contract involves building nine residential buildings

The under-construction Jewel of the Creek development in Dubai

More Dubai Creek construction work to be tenderedSubscription

More projects are planned for traditional areas of Dubai

Dubai World secures approval to cease court proceedings

Dubai tenders new waterfront developmentSubscription

Project is backed by the Investment Corporation of Dubai

Transport masterplans still a priority

Public transport remains high on government agendaSubscription

Delays or moving targets not unique to the region

Arabtec's Tiara Towers

Arabtec starts work on Dubai towersSubscription

Twin towers are being built at Business Bay

Solar power

Abu Dhabi to prequalify more than 30 for solar IPPSubscription

Request for proposal documents will be issued imminently

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

Petrol station in GCC

Cheap energy draws to an endSubscription

It is difficult to see how governments can avoid increasing energy prices as such is the drain of subsidies on budgets

Ahmed Ismail, MAF Ventures

Majid al-Futtaim adapts growth plansSubscription

Interview: Ahmed Ismail, CEO, Majid Al Futtaim Ventures

Dubai Metro

Must read: Dubai metro, worst quarter for projects and Saudi Aramco awardsSubscription

Route 2020 and the transit masterplan in Dubai both progressed this week

Al-Reem Island in Abu Dhabi

GCC diversification – the bigger pictureSubscription

The combination of lower oil prices and accumulated reserves has created a window of opportunity to refocus on diversifying Gulf economies


Surprising growth in Dubai's retail sectorSubscription

Interview: Hamad Buamim, president and CEO of Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry

The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour

Must know: Dubai's tall plans, the IMF's grim forecasts and Saudi-Egypt dealsSubscription

The spotlight shone on Dubai this week as news of twin ‘biggest’ plans emerged

King Fahd Causeway

Saudi-Egypt deal puts causeways back in the spotlightVideoSubscription

Progress on ambitious crossings has been mixed

Islamic banking

Sukuk demand drives Islamic finance growthSubscription

Assets such as equity funds have become increasingly significant for the Islamic asset management industry

Modular construction

Boxing up a concrete business modelSubscription

Modular concrete construction may not be beautiful, but it is cheap, fast and functional

Moodys gcc downgrade 4

GCC needs to finance $250bn fiscal deficitSubscription

Massive deficit in 2016-17 will mean more debt issuance, says Moody’s Investors Service

Moodys 2016 GCC banking sector outlook

Banks delay bond issuance on volatile pricingSubscription

Moody’s expects conditions to toughen for GCC financial sector

Luxury items will be taxed in the UAE

Changes in tax structure and their probable impact in the GCCSubscription

States in the region plan to introduce sales taxes from January 2018

Oil rig

Board report: April 2016Subscription

Gulf states push ahead with economic reform programmes as oil prices stabilise, but regional liquidity tightens as a result of reduced bank deposits

Traffic congestion

Cut car dependence to help clean up citiesSubscription

High car usage with few public transport alternatives make GCC journeys key contributors to greenhouse gas emissions

GCC currencies

VAT to smooth government revenue streamsSubscription

Public and private sector prepare for VAT implementation in 2018

Masdar City in Abu Dhabi

Innovating GCC citiesSubscription

Balancing growth and quality of life in the region’s urban areas has to become a top priority

Dubai development

Building sustainable cities in the Middle EastSubscription

While some Middle East countries have faced exceptional development challenges and continue to do so, others such as Dubai have demonstrated an ability to overcome many of these challenges

Data sharing

Data sharing, and why it is importantSubscription

Dubai Data Law essential to smart city collaboration