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Saudi Aramco tenders 2,500 villa contract Subscription

21 October 2014 | By

Work will also involve providing supporting infrastructure

The local Tebyan Real Estate Development has launched a new tower at Dubai Marina known as Sparkle Towers

Tebyan partners with Swarovski for Dubai tower Subscription

14 October 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Dubai Marina project to be completed in December 2016

Palm Jumeriah

Omniyat and Drake & Scull form partnership for Palm Jumeirah tower Subscription

31 August 2014 | By

Enabling works set to start by end of October

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


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

Project bids

Ashghal plans to reconfigure and develop the port area so it can be used by cruise liners visiting the country

Ashghal tenders old port construction work Subscription

29 October 2014 | By

Port to be reconfigured for use by cruise liners


Contractors bid for Cairo metro work Subscription

28 October 2014 | By

Work covers third phase of Line 3

Doha has extended the tender closing dates for contracts to build two of its planned football stadiums for Fifa’s 2022 football World Cup

Qatar postpones stadium tender deadlines Subscription

28 October 2014 | By

Firms to submit bids in November for Al-Wakrah and Al-Bayt stadiums

Construction on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi

Prequalifications in for Saadiyat Island mall Subscription

27 October 2014 | By

First package to be tendered for Abu Dhabi island mall scheme will be the enabling works

Contractors bid for Aramco stadiums

Contractors bid for Aramco stadiums Subscription

26 October 2014 | By

Saudi oil company planning to award deals on 10 November

Rafal tenders Riyadh residential tower

Rafal tenders Riyadh residential tower Subscription

15 October 2014 | By

Saudi development company seeks bids for residential tower and offices

Aramco receives stadium project management bids

Aramco receives stadium project management bids Subscription

15 October 2014 | By

Sports arenas will be built at 11 locations across kingdom


Contractors to submit Sharq Crossing prequalifications Subscription

15 October 2014 | By

There has been much speculation about the future of the project in recent months

Project awards


Kuwait awards hospital expansion contract Subscription

29 October 2014 | By

Award is third major construction order placed in 2014


GS Engineering wins $585m Kuwait bridge contract Subscription

26 October 2014 | By

South Korean contractor will build Doha Link bridge, which will link with the Subiya Causeway

Dubai's Sheikh Zayed Road

El-Seif wins more than $1bn of new work in Dubai Subscription

19 October 2014 | By

Contracts cover a 100-plus-storey tower and 2,200 villas

Suez Canal

Two teams win Suez Canal dredging Subscription

19 October 2014 | By

The work is divided into five lots

The Dubai Design District project is located adjacent to Business Bay and has 10 buildings under construction

Parsons secures consultancy work at Dubai Design District Subscription

7 October 2014 | By

Contract covers infrastructure work at new development

The larger of the two orders is for King Faisal Medical City in Abha in the Asir province

Joint venture wins Saudi medical deals Subscription

6 October 2014 | By

Two contract awards total more that $2.66bn

Nakheel awards Al-Furjan infrastructure deal

Nakheel awards Al-Furjan infrastructure deal Subscription

1 October 2014 | By

Work covers construction of roads and preparation of villa plots

Nakheel's Palm Jumeirah, site of the 11km The Boardwalk project

Nakheel appoints contractor for Palm island Boardwalk Subscription

30 September 2014 | By

The 11-kilometre-long promenade will be home to shops and restaurants


Jordan projects by sector and project status

Jordan pushes ahead with transport plans Subscription

1 October 2014

While airport and shipping projects flourish, finance issues plague rail development

Al-Maktoum International airport, in Dubai

UK in front for world's largest airport

18 September 2014 | By

New airport, not the Expo, is the largest Dubai construction scheme

In 2013, Carillion's local joint venture Al-Futtaim Carillion secured work on The Avenues for Dubai-based developer Meraas, with financial assistance from London

Carillion has the lead with UK funding Subscription

16 September 2014 | By

Firm has secured work on two projects with export credit guarantees so far this year

The planned Union Oasis development at Union Station of the Dubai Metro

Dubai’s Union Oasis project pending RTA approval Subscription

31 August 2014 | By

Metro station area to be developed as a public-private partnership scheme

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



Bahrain receives airport prequalifications Subscription

29 October 2014 | By

Project is being funded by Abu Dhabi Fund for Development

Abu Dhabi

Contractors invited to bid for Tameer Towers Subscription

29 October 2014 | By

Reem Island development stalled in 2009

Proposed entry from Dubai Metro for the 2020 World Expo in Dubai

Dubai to appoint Expo programme manager Subscription

29 October 2014 | By

Award for 2020 World Expo programme manager is due by the end of this year

Firms prepare prices for Abu Dhabi Warner Bros theme park

Firms prepare prices for Abu Dhabi Warner Bros theme park Subscription

29 October 2014 | By

Project part of ongoing development of Yas Island

Firms submit final prices for Emirates catering facility

Firms submit final prices for Emirates catering facility Subscription

29 October 2014 | By

Estimated $177m third-phase project will be built at Dubai International airport

The planned Dubai Creek Harbour development

Emaar and Dubai Holding reveal creek development plans Subscription

27 October 2014 | By

New creek scheme is long-term project and will be three times bigger than Downtown Dubai

Obhur creek in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Jeddah prepares to start Obhur Bridge prequalification Subscription

27 October 2014 | By

Obhur Bridge scheme could cost $1bn to build

Abu Dhabi retail supply

Contractors submit prequalifications for Abu Dhabi shopping mall Subscription

26 October 2014 | By

Retail centre is being built on Al-Maryah Island

Construction trends

UAE projects by sector and UAE project status

UAE ramps up development as construction sector recovers Subscription

22 October 2014

About $549bn-worth of infrastructure projects are planned or under way in Dubai, with a further $312bn in Abu Dhabi

Villas: More than 1,000 homes are finished

The Wave Muscat Subscription

19 October 2014

The next phase includes four luxury hotels and a 50-unit retail area


Duqm Frontier Town Subscription

19 October 2014

The new centre of economic activity will focus on exports

National duty: Egyptians flocked to buy investment certificates for the Suez canal expansion

Suez projects to kick-start investment Subscription

16 October 2014 | By

Cairo’s plans to expand the Suez Canal are central to its economic vision for Egypt

Middle East contracts September 2014

Middle East contracts awarded: September 2014 Video Subscription

16 October 2014

Over $2bn of contracts awarded in September in the Middle East

Kuwait contract awards

Market set to see steady growth Subscription

13 October 2014 | By

There have been $3.7bn-worth of new orders placed so far this year in Kuwait, with transport and social infrastructure projects set to dominate the market

More than two decades after the First Gulf War, much of Kuwait’s desert remains a toxic wasteland, still polluted by the uncontrolled flows of oil that were unleashed by retreating Iraqi troops

Mopping up after the Gulf war Subscription

12 October 2014 | By

Kuwait Oil Company has made great progress in its search for the right technology to clean its oil-contaminated deserts, but setbacks and delays continue to hamper the project

Egypt projects by sector and project status

Egypt puts infrastructure at the top of the agenda Subscription

2 October 2014 | By

Upgrading the country’s transport sector, developing the Suez Canal and providing affordable housing are priorities for Cairo

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MEED comment

Dubai creek

Dubai returns to the creek

30 October 2014 | By

New waterfront developments are being built in Old Dubai

Elevated railway could be built across the desert to mitigate the impact of sand storms

Saudi Landbridge could be more than just a name

23 October 2014 | By

Elevated railway could be built across the desert to mitigate the impact of sand storms

Meydan's reputation for cashing in bonds has not stopped it from attracting bids from seven of the region’s leading contractors for its new Entisar Tower project on Dubai’s Sheikh Zayed Road

Contractors try to forget clients cashing in bonds

23 October 2014 | By

Even clients with reputations for treating firms unfairly are attracting bids as Dubai’s property market continues with its resurgence

Suez Canal

Egypt seeks to revamp its reputation

16 October 2014 | By

Suez Canal projects are playing a symbolic role in kick-starting the Egyptian economy

Boosting market will bring new challenges

Improving market will bring new challenges

16 October 2014 | By

Margins are expected to creep up as order books fill

Speculators have left Dubai's property market and, as a result, demand and prices have cooled

Dubai real estate market undergoes transition

25 September 2014 | By

Evolution into a more mature market will bring new investors

Al-Maktoum International airport, in Dubai

UK in front for world's largest airport

18 September 2014 | By

New airport, not the Expo, is the largest Dubai construction scheme

Construction workers

Solving the Saudi labour crisis

18 September 2014 | By

Compromise is needed from both sides to achieve this difficult mission

Dubai airport

UAE firms have edge for Bahrain airport

1 September 2014 | By

Dubai and Abu Dhabi-based firms will receive preferential treatment

Emaar Malls Group's Dubai Marina Mall

Mixed reaction to Emaar Malls Group listing

1 September 2014 | By

Emaar Malls Group intial public offering sets benchmark for Dubai’s capital markets

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Special reports


HSBC Middle East Infrastructure Guide

28 October 2014 | By

Governments embrace window of opportunity


Construction: Off-plan sales market returns Subscription

26 June 2014

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


Kurdistan Projects 2014

28 May 2014 | By Dominc Dudley

Housing and industry lead the projects market in Iraqi Kurdistan


Rethinking Egypt's cities

4 May 2014

Egypt rises to the urban development challenge


A Guide to GCC Construction Subscription

4 May 2014 | By

Resources tighten on construction sector rebound


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

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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


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


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 Dubai Pearl: Tower UAE 2,400
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 Q2 2014 Top 100 Projects report
Source: MEED Projects; Data compiled: September 2014

Projects trends

Gulf Projects Index

Gulf index falls back to September levels Subscription

30 October 2014

UAE and Qatar record biggest declines in value of projects markets

Gulf projects index

Gulf index rises on Qatar growth Subscription

23 October 2014

Gas-rich state records expansion of 3.4 per cent in value of projects market

Gulf projects index

Market eases for Eid break Subscription

9 October 2014

Oman is only projects market to record significant movement

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Rashid al-Nafisi Subscription

22 September 2014

Rashid al-Nafisi is chairman of the Al-Mazaya Holding Company

Salwa Nabil Malhas Subscription

16 September 2014

Salwa Nabil Malhas is chief business development and marketing officer at Al-Mazaya Holding

Ibrahim Abdul Rahman al-Saqabi Subscription

16 September 2014

Ibrahim Abdul Rahman al-Saqabi is CEO at Al-Mazaya Holding Company

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

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