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Construction News & Analysis

Doha metro station

Doha Metro extends architectural prequalificationSubscription

Scope includes architectural finishes, envelope, facades and landscaping


Tight fiscal policies could push technology adoptionSubscription

Smaller margins require renewed focus on efficiency


Kuwait to spend $93bn in new development planSubscription

This will involve significant investment from the private sector


Al-Jaber Group seeks amendments in $4bn debt restructuringSubscription

Abu Dhabi-based company negotiating with committee of banks

Kuwait housing

Kuwait plans new citiesSubscription

Housing developments to be built with private sector participation

Hospital construction

Kuwait planning two major new hospital projectsSubscription

New hospital at Sabah al-Ahmad is planned to have 1,000 beds

Dubai construction

Drake & Scull wins two contractsSubscription

DSI appointed for work on Abu Dhabi mixed use development and Dubai district cooling plants 


Construction sector faces cash-flow crisisSubscription

Clients have delayed payments as government revenues fall on oil price slump

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

Nassef Sawiris, CEO of Orascom Construction

Orascom reports third quarter results Subscription

Net income of $24.5m on $1.1bn of revenues

Nakheel: Palm Jumeirah

Local contractor wins Palm Jumeirah workSubscription

The Serenia Residences will be made up of 250 units

Oman tenders logistics zone maintenance

Russia to develop industrial zone in East Port SaidSubscription

Egypt has been keen on pressing ahead with industrial zone projects in the Suez Canal area

The new Atlantis hotel planned in Dubai

Two frontrunners emerge for AtlantisSubscription

Contract is one of Dubai’s most high profile construction deals

Al-Reem Island in Abu Dhabi, the UAE

Contractors prepare bids for Reem Mall Subscription

Construction works for the estimated $1bn Abu Dhabi mall expected to start soon

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

Dubai Holding makes senior appointments

Dubai commercial rents remain flatSubscription

Dubai’s commercial rents remain unchanged for first three quarters

Challenging environment for construction sector

CCC secures $350m cash cushion for delayed paymentsSubscription

Regional contractor may borrow more if payments continue to be delayed


Bahrain airport seeks firms for fuel facilities Subscription

Prequalification submissions close on 9 December

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

Richard Thompson

Oil ministers promise 2016 recovery

 The region’s governments should seek to take advantage of the low-cost environment to drive investment

Philippa Wilkinson

Kuwait promises much on projectsSubscription

The challenges on delivering its ambitious infrastructure plans are significant

Colin Foreman

Only the strong survive a cash flow crisisSubscription

Contractors without financial clout will struggle to shoulder the burden of delayed payments

Colin Foreman

Contractor woes are bad for Dubai's economySubscription

There is a strong link between construction activity and consumption

Philippa Wilkinson

Low oil prices threaten Oman’s investment plansSubscription

Major schemes could be delayed despite the turn to PPP

Colin Foreman

Saudi Arabia to learn the cost of not spendingSubscription

Cutbacks to curtail growth in 2016

Colin Foreman

Metro spending is key Saudi construction in 2016Subscription

If upcoming schemes slow down then construction work in the kingdom will grind to a halt

Hossam Abougabal

What next for Arabtec in Egypt?VideoSubscription

Arabtec and Egypt fail to agree on housing scheme

Hossam Abougabal

Failure to deliver housing scheme could impact other projects Subscription

The break down of the one million home project serves as an illustration of Egypt’s shortcomings

Hossam Abougabal

Abu Rawash PPP could set new precedent for EgyptSubscription

The project could show investors that Egypt is willing to work with the private sector on major infrastructure projects

Colin Foreman

Kuwait catches up in 2015Subscription

Awards that should have been made in 2014 are being made this year

Hossam Abougabal

Suez Canal offers promises not solutions  Subscription

Focus on developing the Suez Canal corridor part of long-term plans with no immediate economic impact expected

Colin Foreman

The fog over Dubai's construction sectorSubscription

Emaar award is a sign that clients are ready to award contracts again

Colin Foreman

Second half excitement for Saudi stadiumsSubscription

Progress has been disappointing in the first half of the year

Colin Foreman

Mixed signals for Dubai constructionVideoSubscription

High hopes for the second half of 2015

Hossam Abougabal

Funding disputes continue to haunt Egypt’s plansSubscription

Egypt’s Capital City cancellation could prove detrimental

Colin Foreman

UAE construction nerves divide opinionSubscription

Confidence has been knocked by falling oil prices and oversupplied real estate this year

Richard Thompson

MEED Video Board Report, June 2015VideoSubscription

The outlook for oil prices, a slowdown in GCC projects and rising security concerns

Colin Foreman

Changing the status quo of Saudi constructionSubscription

Saudi Aramco’s setting up of a new project management company looks set to change the status quo of the kingdom’s construction industry

Hossam Abougabal

Expansion illustrates Bahrain’s economic vision Subscription

The airport could be the driver for Manama to reemerge as a favourable business environment