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Construction News & Analysis


Consortium signs Doha Metro Gold Line deal Subscription Required

24 April 2014, 7:42 GMT | By Colin Foreman

Construction deal for Doha Metro Gold Line is valued at about $3.3bn

Drake & Scull wins contract for Algeria project Subscription Required

23 April 2014, 9:30 GMT | By Jeff Florian

Scope of work entails building a mixed-use development in Algiers

Contractor mobilises for Sheikh Zayed Road interchange

23 April 2014, 8:42 GMT | By Colin Foreman

Bridge will provide access to Meraas’ Bluewaters island development

Qatar retenders design contract for World Cup stadium Subscription Required

22 April 2014, 12:56 GMT | By Colin Foreman

Bidders sought for Lusail stadium project

Al-Shafar wins contract for Abu Dhabi Marina project Subscription Required

22 April 2014, 11:57 GMT | By Jeff Florian

Al-Shafar to build a hotel, serviced apartment building, and two residential blocks


Qatar World Cup

Qatar stadium doubts surface again

24 April 2014, 15:54 GMT | By Jeff Florian

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

Top 100

Value rise good for the region

24 April 2014, 15:43 GMT | By Robert Jones

Increasing projects value will provide confidence that the Middle East market has made it through the other side of the crises of 2008-09


Financing the Dubai boom

17 April 2014, 15:17 GMT

Investor confidence is growing, but Dubai still needs to close several finance deals to attract future funding for revived infrastructure plans

Dubai road plans

Double vision for Dubai road link

10 April 2014, 15:33 GMT

Dubai’s main highway is the focus of a feasibility study looking at adding an elevated level in a bid to ease cross-emirate traffic congestion

Gasification at Jizan

Higher bid prices return to the GCC

10 April 2014, 15:24 GMT

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


Static costs calm before the storm

3 April 2014, 15:41 GMT | By Colin Foreman

The fact construction costs have not increased does not stop Dubai’s developers from being wary


Progress is key on housing deal

13 March 2014, 14:52 GMT | By Colin Foreman

The low-cost housing contract the Egyptian government has signed with Arabtec promises much-needed homes and jobs for citizens

Guarded optimism

Kuwait ushers in new dawn Subscription Required

20 February 2014, 16:24 GMT

Projects market has under-performed compared with Kuwait’s neighbours. Government has a rare opportunity to move forward with its plans

Doha: Only 38 workers are working so far on stadiums

Doubts linger over labourer welfare in Qatar Subscription Required

13 February 2014, 13:33 GMT | By Jeff Florian

Qatar’s new guidelines for migrant worker welfare are restricted to projects related to the World Cup

Ismaik: Implementing new strategy will be a challenge

Arabtec growth is a top priority Subscription Required

6 February 2014, 13:27 GMT | By Colin Foreman

While UAE contractor has become the largest in the country, the firm’s head has much bigger ambitions

Arabtec: Growth potential to further increase in 2015

Arabtec tackles new territories Subscription Required

30 January 2014, 14:20 GMT | By Colin Foreman

The Dubai-listed firm’s CEO has developed a bold growth strategy involving initial public offerings in markets in the region and beyond


A revolution in project finance Subscription Required

23 January 2014, 14:25 GMT | By Rebecca Spong

With major infrastructure spending planned in the region, the race is on to find alternative sources of funding

Dubai World

Nakheel advances with The World Subscription Required

23 January 2014, 14:23 GMT | By Jeff Florian

In another sign of Dubai’s property sector recovery, construction work is resuming on The World project


Road upgrades to ease Dubai traffic Subscription Required

16 January 2014, 15:55 GMT

As road congestion ever-increases, Dubai is undertaking grandiose schemes for a solution


Local contractors dominate in 2013 Subscription Required

16 January 2014, 15:46 GMT

The small size and nature of most contracts awarded last year saw local firms capitalise

Growth: Nakheel’s finances are better than expected

Nakheel moves to be debt-free Subscription Required

9 January 2014, 13:26 GMT | By Colin Foreman

The firm has been quick to react to the upswing in Dubai’s property market, launching a slew of new projects, and is now prepaying debts

Nakheel is progressing with new project, the largest of which is the AED2.5bn Nakheel Mall on the Palm Jumeirah

Nakheel focuses on stable growth Subscription Required

31 December 2013, 9:26 GMT

New hotel and shopping mall projects will be a priority for the Dubai-based developer Nakheel this year

Kuwait set to become a major projects market

Kuwait looks to join projects big league Subscription Required

31 December 2013, 9:15 GMT

Kuwait is set to award some of the region’s largest packages this year and looks to become a key market


Rivalry between contractors to rise Subscription Required

19 December 2013, 14:25 GMT

Asian firms may target 2014 as the year to replenish their order books, leading to fiercer battles to win work


Dubai to bolster public transport Subscription Required

12 December 2013, 15:12 GMT

The UAE emirate’s Roads & Transport Authority hopes private developers can encourage more people on to the metro

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