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New projects

Nakheel floats tender for Palm Jumeirah boardwalk project Subscription

17 April 2014, 7:12 GMT | By

Palm Jumeirah boardwalk to stretch across the entire length of the outer crescent

Mecca prequalifies 10 consortiums for metro project Subscription

10 April 2014, 12:35 GMT | By

Prequalified groups have until 6 July to submit bids for first phase of metro scheme

Kuwait seeks firms for metro design Subscription

7 April 2014, 13:09 GMT | By

Rail project was previously planned to be developed under Kuwait’s public-private partnerships body

Dubai Metro extension plans

Consultants prepare Dubai Expo rail bids Subscription

7 April 2014, 7:24 GMT | By

New line is one of the new urban rail links planned in Dubai

Arif and Bintoak wins contract for Dubai residential project Subscription

1 April 2014, 12:25 GMT | By

Dubai-based firm to design villas at Jumeirah Village Circle development

Qatar announces record budget for 2014/15 fiscal year Subscription

1 April 2014, 8:18 GMT | By

Bulk of new spending aimed at infrastructure and World Cup projects

Abu Dhabi invites firms for hotel development Subscription

1 April 2014, 7:03 GMT | By

New tourism project to be built in Western Region

Saudi Arabia tenders first package on ministries development Subscription

1 April 2014, 4:53 GMT | By

Planned ministries complex in Riyadh will be built on a site covering 5 million square metres

Kuwait receives design bids for disabled sports facility Subscription

31 March 2014, 9:54 GMT | By

Project involves re-building facility in Kuwait City

Egypt issues new tenders for port projects Subscription

31 March 2014, 9:10 GMT | By

New terminals to be built at Safaga, El-Tor and Alexandria Port

Project bids

Qatar invites firms to prequalify for zoo project Subscription

16 April 2014, 11:12 GMT | By

Work will involve building the New Doha Zoo

Contractors bid for Dubai sewage treatment plant

16 April 2014, 8:02 GMT | By

Dubai Municipality receives three proposals for Al-Awir facility expansion

Contractors submit bids for more Doha Metro work Subscription

15 April 2014, 5:37 GMT | By

Contracts cover elevated sections of the urban rail network

Rolling stock and systems bidders give presentations for Doha Metro Subscription

7 April 2014, 11:47 GMT | By

Firms submitted bids for the multibillion-dollar Doha Metro contract in March

Contractors to submit bids for Doha Marina Mall Subscription

6 April 2014, 10:34 GMT | By

Shopping centre will be built at Lusail to the north of the capital

Abu Dhabi prepares more tenders for super sewer scheme Subscription

6 April 2014, 6:58 GMT | By

Contract covers installation of odour control systems

Saudi military extends deadline for Riyadh medical city Subscription

30 March 2014, 12:13 GMT | By

Riyadh healthcare facility will contain 3,500 beds when completed

Contractors prepare to bid for more work on Doha Metro Subscription

30 March 2014, 10:31 GMT | By

Packages cover elevated and at-grade sections of rail line

Project awards

US firm to upgrade Basra port Subscription

15 April 2014, 9:06 GMT | By

Nawah Port Management to expand Iraqi container terminal

Drake & Scull wins new contracts in Kuwait Subscription

13 April 2014, 10:31 GMT | By

Projects include a cultural centre and healthcare facility

Kuwait awards contracts for road project Subscription

13 April 2014, 10:26 GMT | By

Consolidated Contractors Company and Mushrif Trading win Kuwait road deals

Qatar awards first World Cup stadium construction contract Subscription

9 April 2014, 13:23 GMT | By

Nine new stadiums are expected to be built ahead of the 2022 tournament

WSP wins design contract for Qatar road project Subscription

2 April 2014, 11:53 GMT | By

Canada-based firm to design roads for phase one of Orbital Expressway scheme

Arif and Bintoak wins contract for Dubai residential project Subscription

1 April 2014, 12:25 GMT | By

Dubai-based firm to design villas at Jumeirah Village Circle development

Nakheel awards contract for Warsan Village Community Subscription

30 March 2014, 6:31 GMT | By

Local Ginco General Contracting to build 936 townhouses at new community

Dubai awards contract for canal project Subscription

27 March 2014, 7:05 GMT | By

Joint venture of Parsons/Halcrow to supervise construction of Dubai Water Canal Project

Financing

Dubai

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

‘Poor management’ is main challenge facing PPPs Subscription

30 March 2014, 12:18 GMT | By

Region will need increased private sector support for infrastructure boom

The UK’s Carillion has been the main beneficiary of UK government funding support and has managed to win contracts on key Dubai projects such as the Dubai Trade Centre District

UK funding to play increased role in Dubai projects Subscription

26 March 2014, 10:37 GMT | By ,

Armed with strengthening support from London, UK companies will find themselves in a better position to handle the growing competition in the emirate

Time is the overriding parameter for the World Cup and Expo Subscription

16 March 2014, 10:44 GMT | By

Cost is not the focus for infrastructure projects in Dubai and Qatar

Gulf infrastructure investment will ward off tapering ill-effects Subscription

4 March 2014, 10:34 GMT | By

QNB economist optimistic on region’s prospects

Arabian Hotel Investment Conference 2014

Arabian Hotel Investment Conference 2014 Subscription

18 February 2014, 10:03 GMT

A decade of defining the hotel investment landscape

Nakheel awards three new contracts worth AED41m Subscription

9 February 2014, 5:35 GMT | By

Contracts awarded for work at community developments in Dubai

Private capital must play a role in infrastructure spending Subscription

4 February 2014, 7:43 GMT | By

Flat oil prices and banking regulation will reshape Middle East project finance market

Update

Turkish firms dominate Mecca metro prequalification list Subscription

17 April 2014, 8:43 GMT | By

First phase civil works of Mecca Metro will include underground and above ground packages

Qatar invites firms to prequalify for zoo project Subscription

16 April 2014, 11:12 GMT | By

Work will involve building the New Doha Zoo

New closing date for Dubai Metro tender Subscription

16 April 2014, 7:09 GMT | By

Dubai Metro tender contract covers engineering for Expo rail link

Kuwait cancels tender for $1bn hospital project Subscription

15 April 2014, 11:28 GMT | By

Contract for Jahra New Hospital project in Kuwait to be awarded through ‘negotiation’

Lootah Real Estate to tender Shamal Community project

14 April 2014, 10:51 GMT | By

Project tender will entail construction of phase 1 of the Shamal Community

Drake & Scull wins new contracts in Kuwait Subscription

13 April 2014, 10:31 GMT | By

Projects include a cultural centre and healthcare facility

Local contractor bids low for Kuwait palace project Subscription

13 April 2014, 10:28 GMT | By

Contract includes demolition, design, and construction works for Al-Salam Palace

Kuwait awards contracts for road project Subscription

13 April 2014, 10:26 GMT | By

Consolidated Contractors Company and Mushrif Trading win Kuwait road deals

Construction trends

The UK’s Carillion has been the main beneficiary of UK government funding support and has managed to win contracts on key Dubai projects such as the Dubai Trade Centre District

UK funding to play increased role in Dubai projects Subscription

26 March 2014, 10:37 GMT | By ,

Armed with strengthening support from London, UK companies will find themselves in a better position to handle the growing competition in the emirate

Middle East contracts awarded: February 2014 Video Subscription

20 March 2014, 12:58 GMT

Over $17bn of contracts awarded in February in the Middle East

Atiya: The region is a greenfield opportunity for Siemens

Integrating transport networks Subscription

4 March 2014, 11:05 GMT | By

Gulf countries need to interlink their new transport systems to attract more passengers and reduce traffic congestion, says Sami Atiya, head of Siemens’ mobility and logistics division

Kuwait

Kuwait’s year of progress Subscription

20 February 2014, 14:45 GMT | By

A new parliament has meant several high-profile contracts have now been awarded in the country

Tallest buildings in the Middle East

Middle East to build more skyscrapers Subscription

19 February 2014, 10:49 GMT | By

Kingdom Tower in Jeddah set to be tallest building in the world

Contract awards

Middle East contracts awarded: January 2014 Video Subscription

16 February 2014, 11:13 GMT

Over $17bn awarded in January in the Middle East

Arabtec managing director and CEO Hasan Ismaik

Hasan Abdulla Ismaik, CEO, Arabtec Holding Subscription

6 February 2014, 11:40 GMT | By

Arabtec Holding’s new head has set his sights on transforming the company into the biggest contractor in the Middle East

Abu Dhabi residential stock

Abu Dhabi property market gathers strength Subscription

30 January 2014, 8:41 GMT | By

UAE capital’s property sector enjoys strong performance in 2013

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MEED comment

Dubai

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

Construction

Static costs calm before the storm

3 April 2014, 15:41 GMT | By

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

Construction

Progress is key on housing deal

13 March 2014, 14:52 GMT | By

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

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

13 February 2014, 13:33 GMT | By

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

6 February 2014, 13:27 GMT | By

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

30 January 2014, 14:20 GMT | By

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

Infrastructure

A revolution in project finance Subscription

23 January 2014, 14:25 GMT | By

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

23 January 2014, 14:23 GMT | By

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

Ambitious

Road upgrades to ease Dubai traffic Subscription

16 January 2014, 15:55 GMT

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

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Special reports

Construction

Construction: Demand grows for project managers

9 April 2014, 12:54 GMT

Complex construction schemes in the GCC has led to a rise in the use of project managers

GCC real estate

Real Estate: GCC property markets stabilising

18 March 2014, 14:02 GMT

There is an uptick in demand for residential and commercial property across the region, with just one or two exceptions

GCC construction

Construction: Continuing GCC projects growth into 2014 Subscription

16 January 2014, 13:52 GMT

After such a successful 2013, beating that target will be a major challenge for the GCC projects market in the year ahead

SR Cover Riding the Boom

Construction: Middle East rides the new projects boom Subscription

21 November 2013, 6:29 GMT

Transport awards, particularly metro schemes, are driving a construction rebound across the region

EPC

Engineering, Procurement & Construction 2013: Tapping the region's community

9 October 2013, 13:59 GMT

Welcome to Engineering, Procurement & Construction in the Middle East, sponsored by Arabtec and Samsung Engineering

Riyadh metro

Construction: Metros drive contract awards Subscription

26 September 2013, 10:06 GMT

It has already been a bumper year for construction awards in GCC

Saudi Arabia megaprojects

Saudi Arabia Megaprojects: Riyadh lays groundwork for continued spending Subscription

11 September 2013, 8:11 GMT | By

Over the past decade, Saudi Arabia has gone through a period of dramatic change

Real estate

Real estate: Developers react to rising demand Subscription

22 August 2013, 6:45 GMT

After the crash of 2008-09, real estate markets in the GCC are returning to health

Construction

Middle East construction leaders 2013

12 May 2013, 11:59 GMT | By

Few industries can match construction for excitement and a sense of achievement

UAE

Construction: New projects put UAE back on the map Subscription

18 April 2013, 13:28 GMT

There could be few clearer signals that Dubai is back in business than the unveiling of the $1.6bn Bluewaters project

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Construction presentations

UAE

Webinar: Impact of Expo 2020 on Dubai construction Subscription

4 February 2014, 5:43 GMT

Dubai is expected to spend more than $7bn on infrastructure in preparation for the World Expo

Qatar metro

Webinar: GCC metro and rail projects Subscription

12 September 2013, 6:53 GMT

MEED’s analysis and forecast presentation on the metro projects in the region

Middle East Outlook 2013

A region in transition: Middle East outlook 2013 and beyond Subscription

18 August 2013, 7:46 GMT

Insight and analysis on the economic and projects outlook for the Middle East

Lusail Iconic stadium

Webinar: Qatar Projects Subscription

8 April 2013, 8:50 GMT

There are more than $220bn-worth of projects planned or under way in Qatar, as it pushes forwards with major infrastructure developments

Top 100 projects 2012

Top 100 projects: The Middle East market gains momentum Subscription

3 February 2013, 9:23 GMT

This webinar examines projects market trends in the region and forecasts which countries and sectors will grow in 2013

Kuwait

Kuwaiti projects market 2012 Subscription

6 March 2012, 8:32 GMT

MEED’s online seminar on the Kuwiat projects market, providing a comprehensive forecast and review of opportunities in the country

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Top 10 projects

Q2 Rank Project Name Country Contract value ($m)
1 Housing Complex in Basmaya Iraq 8,000
2 Basra New City: Phase 1 Iraq 3,750
3 Abraj Kudai in Mecca Saudi Arabia 3,500
4 Rehabilitation Centres for Prisoners Saudi Arabia 3,400
5 King Abdulla bin Abdulaziz Project: Riyadh Security Forces
Medical Complex
Saudi Arabia 3,350
6 Ch'Rafate City Project Morocco 3,000
7 National Housing Scheme Project UAE 2,950
8 Grand Mosque Expansion in Mecca Saudi Arabia 2,500
9 Dubai Pearl: Towers UAE 2,400
10 Education City: Research Institute Sidra Medical &
Research Center
Qatar 2,300
10 Ghanfuda Housing Complex in Benghazi Libya 2,300
Click through to the full data table on the construction sector's biggest projects in execution
Click through to MEED's Q3 2013 Top 100 Projects report
Source: MEED Projects; Data compiled: October 2013

Projects trends

Gulf Projects Index 8 April 2014

UAE leads growth in Gulf index Subscription

10 April 2014, 11:06 GMT

Iraq records largest decline in value of projects market in the region

Gulf Projects Index 18 Mar 2014

No change for Gulf Projects Index Subscription

20 March 2014, 17:04 GMT

A static week as gains made in Kuwait, the UAE and Iraq are offset by decline in Iran

Gulf projects index

Iran and Iraq bolster Gulf index Subscription

6 March 2014, 10:47 GMT

Saudi Arabia only GCC country to record rise in value of projects market

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People

Chris Wilcock

Chris Wilcock Subscription

31 March 2014, 10:04 GMT

A leading construction lawyer in the region advising on complex construction contracts and dispute avoidance/resolution

Grigoris Christofides Subscription

28 November 2013, 12:04 GMT

Grigoris Christofides is chief executive officer, Arabtec Construction

David Barwell Subscription

28 November 2013, 11:46 GMT

David Barwell is CEO, Aecom

Tim Page Subscription

28 November 2013, 11:28 GMT

Tim Page is group director, Buro Happold

Ali Odeh Subscription

28 November 2013, 11:23 GMT

Ali Odeh is chairman and chief executive officer, Turner International Middle East

Mohammed al-Marri Subscription

28 November 2013, 11:16 GMT

Mohammed al-Marri is chief officer for design and delivery, Msheireb Properties

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Phone: +971 (0)4 818 0238
Email: colin.foreman@meed.com

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Tenders

Kuwait: Squares cleaning and other services Subscription

18 April 2014, 10:34 GMT | By

Cleaning of squares and other services

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