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Oman road

Oman invites bids for road upgrade project Subscription

17 August 2014 | By

Work will involve dualising road in southern governorate of Dhofar

Mace to manage Oman Cultural Complex project

Mace to manage Oman Cultural Complex project Subscription

22 July 2014 | By

Scheme includes building a major library, archive and theatre in Muscat

Nakheel Nad al-Sheba

Nakheel to build new villa community for leasing Subscription

19 July 2014 | By

Dubai-based developer Nakheel’s 1,000 high-end villas will be built in the Nad al-Sheba area

Solar panels

Dewa awards contract for solar centre Subscription

16 July 2014 | By

Innovation centre will be located at Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Solar Park

Stadium

Saudi Aramco to build 11 stadiums across the kingdom Subscription

6 July 2014 | By ,

State-owned oil major to oversee construction of sports facilities as part of King Abdullah Programme

World's biggest mall moves to Dubai's Sheikh Zayed Road Subscription

6 July 2014 | By

Mall of the World shopping centre was originally planned for Mohammed bin Rashid City development in Dubai

US army to build $1.7bn hospital in Kuwait

US army to build $1.7bn hospital in Kuwait Subscription

2 July 2014 | By

Army Corps of Engineers will oversee development of medical facilities for armed forces

Jumeirah Beach Hotel to see addition of ultra-luxury resort

Jumeirah Beach Hotel to be expanded Subscription

25 June 2014 | By

New 350-room resort will be added to the hotel

Bahrain invites companies to prequalify for bridges project Subscription

19 June 2014 | By

New bridges will be built to connect Al-Madina al-Shamaliya islands in Bahrain

Accor to open largest economy hotel in the Middle East Subscription

17 June 2014 | By

New Ibis hotel in Dubai’s World Trade Centre District will offer 588 rooms

Project bids

Abu Dhabi is set to have its own Guggenheim museum, with contractors preparing to submit bids on 3 August for the construction deal

Firms prepare to bid for Abu Dhabi Guggenheim Subscription

31 July 2014 | By

There are two frontrunners for the nearby Zayed National Museum

Stadium

Aramco to invite 12 to bid for 11 stadiums Subscription

31 July 2014 | By

An award is expected by the end of 2014

Qatar transport projects

Firms submit revised bids for Doha metro deal Subscription

30 July 2014 | By

Initial prices to supply and install systems and rolling stock were submitted in March

Oman tenders cultural centre construction

Oman tenders cultural centre construction Subscription

27 July 2014 | By

Bid deadline set for late September

Oman road

Oman tenders package eight of Batinah Expressway Subscription

22 July 2014 | By

Companies have also been invited to bid for package seven of Oman road scheme

Kuwait prequalifies three more firms for port dredging

More firms prequalified for Kuwait port dredging Subscription

22 July 2014 | By

Seven companies prequalified in 2012 for work at Bubiyan port

Dubai creek

Dubai seeks contractors for new creek crossing Subscription

21 July 2014 | By

Dubai creek tender is expected to attract interest from new international players

Hospital

Saudi Binladin Group submits low bid for military medical city Subscription

15 July 2014 | By

Ten groups submitted prices for the first phase of the hospital project

Project awards

Saudi Arabia has awarded contracts to implement flood protection and drainage projects across the kingdom

Saudi Arabia awards more flood protection deals Subscription

13 August 2014 | By

Kingdom has suffered from significant damage due to flash-flooding in recent years

Oman

KEO wins Duqm consultancy contract Subscription

12 August 2014 | By

Kuwaiti consultant will prepare feasibility studies and design for two major areas of Duqm’s Special Economic Zone

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Arabian Construction Company wins Jeddah real estate contract Subscription

10 August 2014 | By

Lebanese firm Arabian Construction Company wins contract for three buildings at Emaar Square in Jeddah

Six Construct wins Ferrari World Abu Dhabi expansion

Six Construct wins Ferrari World Abu Dhabi expansion Subscription

31 July 2014 | By

Attraction already the world’s largest indoor theme park

Hill appointed project manager for Cairo airport Terminal 2

Hill project manager for Cairo airport Terminal 2 Subscription

31 July 2014 | By

US-based firm wins $1.9m contract lasting for 15 months

Atkins wins more Doha Metro design work

Atkins wins more Doha Metro design work Subscription

30 July 2014 | By

Firm appointed as lead designer for Gold Line

Midmac and CCC take over Qatar Sidra Medical and Research Centre work

Midmac and CCC take over Qatar hospital work Subscription

27 July 2014 | By

Joint venture replaces team of OHL and Contrack for work on Sidra Medical and Research Centre

Runway

Hochtief team selected for Riyadh airport expansion Subscription

22 July 2014 | By

Consortium submitted the lowest bid for the project in May

Financing

Dubai at night

Union Properties secures debt refinancing Subscription

6 August 2014 | By

UAE property developer signs AED360m ($98m) facility

Cairo streets

World Bank approves $500m gas loan to Cairo Subscription

25 July 2014 | By

Project aims to connect 1.5 million Egyptian households to national gas grid

Egypt’s slums secure upgrade funding Subscription

8 July 2014 | By

EU investment to improve living standards for country’s poorest

Bank debt to be prepaid four years ahead of time

Nakheel to prepay all remaining bank debt in August Subscription

26 June 2014 | By

With no covenants, Dubai-based developer Nakheel will be able to develop more projects

Nakheel to clear all bank debt in August Subscription

25 June 2014 | By

Dubai developer Nakheel will make final repayment in August, four years ahead of scheduled

Abdali looks to attract Gulf investors Subscription

12 June 2014 | By , James Gavin

Infrastructure work on second phase of Abdali’s Amman downtown project to start by the end of the year

Wessal Capital to attract more investors to Morocco Subscription

26 May 2014 | By

Gulf-backed investment fund Wessal Capital to support public-private partnerships in Morocco

Abu Dhabi launches new real estate fund Subscription

21 May 2014 | By

Abu Dhabi fund financing will be used for commercial development at Madinat Zayed

Update

Port

Doha evaluates bids for port construction package Subscription

19 August 2014 | By

Seven groups submitted prices for naval infrastructure package at new port

Port

Kuwait prequalifies consultants for Bubiyan port design deal Subscription

18 August 2014 | By

Work will involve designing main buildings and additional infrastructure for new port

Oman

KEO wins Duqm consultancy contract Subscription

12 August 2014 | By

Kuwaiti consultant will prepare feasibility studies and design for two major areas of Duqm’s Special Economic Zone

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Arabian Construction Company wins Jeddah real estate contract Subscription

10 August 2014 | By

Lebanese firm Arabian Construction Company wins contract for three buildings at Emaar Square in Jeddah

Hill appointed project manager for Cairo airport Terminal 2

Hill project manager for Cairo airport Terminal 2 Subscription

31 July 2014 | By

US-based firm wins $1.9m contract lasting for 15 months

Atkins wins more Doha Metro design work

Atkins wins more Doha Metro design work Subscription

30 July 2014 | By

Firm appointed as lead designer for Gold Line

Dubai shortlists three for Sheikh Zayed Road double-decking

Dubai shortlists three for road double-decking Subscription

30 July 2014 | By

Firms submitted bids for work on Sheikh Zayed Road in April

Midmac and CCC take over Qatar Sidra Medical and Research Centre work

Midmac and CCC take over Qatar hospital work Subscription

27 July 2014 | By

Joint venture replaces team of OHL and Contrack for work on Sidra Medical and Research Centre

Construction trends

Middle East contracts awarded July 2014

Middle East contracts awarded: July 2014 Video Subscription

11 August 2014

Over $8bn of contracts were awarded in July in the Middle East

King Abdullah International Conference Center, Jeddah

King Abdullah International Conference Center Subscription

3 August 2014

Royal Protocol is building a 230,000-square-metre conference centre in Jeddah

Middle East contracts awarded June 2014

Middle East contracts awarded: June 2014 Video Subscription

31 July 2014

Over $6bn of contracts awarded in June in the Middle East

Dubai Mall

Dubai's 13 biggest shopping mall developments Subscription

21 July 2014 | By

Mall of the World tops the $2.7bn-worth of Dubai-based shopping centre projects in MEED’s list

Getting ready: Qatar is preparing to host the 2022 World Cup by airing this year's games in specially built fan zones

Qatar experiments ahead of hosting World Cup Subscription

9 July 2014 | By

The biggest challenge in hosting the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar could be catering to thousands of football fans used to a less restrictive environment

Construction equipment

Construction surge boosts Saudi Arabia's equipment sales Subscription

29 June 2014 | By

Construction equipment suppliers respond to increase in demand as rising government expenditures bolster the kingdom’s construction market

Doha

Investors start developing malls in Doha ahead of World Cup Subscription

24 June 2014 | By

A series of new private-sector shopping mall projects in Doha are in the early stages of development

Regional investment in global commercial real estate

Middle Eastern investors spent $13bn on real estate abroad in 2013 Subscription

17 June 2014 | By

Around $180bn in investments expected over the next ten years

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MEED comment

Nakheel Nad al-Sheba

Dubai developers must end sales price concerns

19 July 2014 | By

Developing cash-generating assets requires funding, but delivers long-term revenues

Aramco: Investing in future development

Saudi Aramco takes the lead in development

17 July 2014 | By

Since its formation, it has led development in the kingdom, stepping beyond the remit of its core business. Today, it shows no signs of slowing down

Biggest mall: Mall of the World is back on track

New mall depicts cautious approach

10 July 2014 | By

The change in location for Dubai’s Mall of the World shows developers are continuing to be risk-averse

Dubai construction

'Come and we will build' now Dubai's mantra

10 July 2014 | By

Risk averse developers break from ‘build and they will come’

The Mall of the World site as seen from Sheikh Zayed Road

Dubai must grow for world’s biggest malls

6 July 2014 | By

Almost every major shopping centre in the emirate is being expanded

Arabtec share price has fallen

Arabtec locked in a fight for survival

26 June 2014 | By

Company’s ability to manage risks will be thrown into doubt following meltdown

Nakheel back from debt

The milestone is Nakheel is back Subscription

25 June 2014 | By

Prepaying all bank debts will allow Nakheel to return to its former glories

Construction

Contractors await market revival Subscription

19 June 2014 | By

Construction contract awards for the first half of 2014 are 66 per cent down on the same period in 2013

Hasan Abdullah Ismaik, former CEO, Arabtec

Arabtec CEO’s abrupt exit Subscription

19 June 2014 | By

Hasan Abdullah Ismaik has resigned with little explanation as to whether the move was due to personal conflict or the board losing faith in him

Dubai real estate

Dubai faces real estate slowdown Subscription

12 June 2014

Now that property prices have started to dip, doubts are resurfacing about the strength of Dubai’s market

Qatar Fifa dispute

Fifa dispute to breed distrust Subscription

5 June 2014

The conflict raging over Qatar’s hosting of the 2022 World Cup raises concerns that clients will treat foreign firms with suspicion

EPC projects

South Koreans still dominate EPC ranking Subscription

5 June 2014

South Korean firms account for six of the top 10 slots in MEED’s list of the highest ranked contractors

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Special reports

Construction

Construction: Off-plan sales market returns

26 June 2014

The GCC construction industry is entering a new period of rapid growth

Kurdistan

Kurdistan Projects 2014

28 May 2014 | By Dominc Dudley

Housing and industry lead the projects market in Iraqi Kurdistan

Illustration

Rethinking Egypt's cities

4 May 2014

Egypt rises to the urban development challenge

Construction

A Guide to GCC Construction Subscription

4 May 2014 | By

Resources tighten on construction sector rebound

Construction

Construction: Demand grows for project managers Subscription

9 April 2014

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 Subscription

18 March 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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Construction presentations

Dubai creek

Managing the Boom: The Outlook for the Middle East Subscription

23 July 2014

Opportunities and challenges for businesses in the region created by the new projects boom

UAE

Webinar: Impact of Expo 2020 on Dubai construction Subscription

4 February 2014

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

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

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

Lusail Iconic stadium

Webinar: Qatar Projects Subscription

8 April 2013

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

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

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 Housing Development: Phase 2 Saudi Arabia 3,600
4 Abraj Kudai in Mecca Saudi Arabia 3,500
5 King Abdulla bin Abdulaziz Project: Jeddah Security Forces
Medical Complex
Saudi Arabia 3,350
5 King Abdulla bin Abdulaziz Project: Riyadh Security Forces
Medical Complex
Saudi Arabia 3,350
7 Ch'Rafate City Project Morocco 3,000
8 Grand Mosque Expansion in Mecca Saudi Arabia 2,500
9 Ghanfuda Housing Complex in Benghazi Libya 2,300
10 Uptown Cairo Egypt 2,100
Click through to the full data table on the construction sector's biggest projects in execution
Click through to MEED's Q1 2014 Top 100 Projects report
Source: MEED Projects; Data compiled: April 2014

Projects trends

Gulf Projects Index

Dubai’s Mall of the World boosts index Subscription

17 July 2014

UAE and Bahrain are the outstanding markets of the week

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People

Sadoun bin Bargash al-Sadoun

1 July 2014

Sadoun bin Bargash al-Sadoun, is president, ABV Rock Group

Dani Kabbani Subscription

25 June 2014

Dani Kabbani is managing partner of Eversheds Doha legal office

Ahmad Khalaf Al-Marri Subscription

24 June 2014

Ahmad Al-Marri is general manager at Union Properties

Chris Wilcock

Chris Wilcock Subscription

31 March 2014

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

Grigoris Christofides Subscription

28 November 2013

Grigoris Christofides is chief executive officer, Arabtec Construction

David Barwell Subscription

28 November 2013

David Barwell is CEO, Aecom

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UAE: Coldstore consultancy Subscription

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Provision of consultancy services comprising the design and supervision of the construction of a coldstore

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