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Construction

New projects

Road

Cairo to Cape Town road work awarded Subscription

18 December 2014 | By

Arab Contractors take on part of ambitious African road project that plans to connect Egypt and South Africa

The Dubai Marina location where the Marina Gate development will be constructed

Alec wins Dubai Marina Gate contracts Subscription

16 December 2014 | By

Alec awarded first of two contracts for Marina project

The planned Qatar Foundation Stadium

Qatar unveils stadium design Subscription

4 December 2014 | By

Qatar Foundation Stadium will have a capacity of 40,000 spectators

Container port

Morocco opens prequalification for Nador West Med Port Subscription

4 December 2014 | By

Deadline on 22 December for Nador West Med Port construction and infrastructure package

Katara Towers

Qatari developer invites bids for hotel substructure contract Subscription

3 December 2014 | By

Planned hotel will consist of two interlinked towers with a total of 614 rooms

Avenues Mall in Kuwait

Al-Ahmadiah wins $391m contract for Kuwait mall project Subscription

27 November 2014 | By

Local contractor will build fourth phase of shopping development

Ibis

Action Hotels to open third property in Kuwait Subscription

17 November 2014 | By

The hotel will require a total investment of $41.3m

Oman invites bids for package 11 of Batinah Expressway

Oman invites bids for package 11 of Batinah Expressway Subscription

16 November 2014 | By

Sultanate has already awarded $2.1bn of contracts on road project

Port

Kuwait invites bids for port facilities works Subscription

12 November 2014 | By

Work will involve expanding and upgrading buildings and infrastructure at Nuwaiseeb port

Qatari Diar has signed an agreement with Oman's Tourism Ministry to develop Ras al-Hadd, a multi-use eco-themed tourism project

Qatari Diar signs deal to develop Oman Ras al-Hadd project Subscription

6 November 2014 | By

Eco-tourism scheme will cover 2 million square metres

Project bids

Oman

Oman receives bids for cultural complex Subscription

15 December 2014 | By

Six firms submit technical offers

Dubai tenders Al-Maktoum airport terminal expansion

Dubai tenders Al-Maktoum airport terminal expansion Subscription

14 December 2014 | By

Contract involves mostly mechanical, electrical and plumbing work

Union House in Dubai

Dubai tenders museum construction deal Subscription

14 December 2014 | By

Contract covers Union Museum where the UAE federation was formed in 1971

Bidders to submit revised Aramco stadiums offers

Bidders to submit revised Aramco stadiums offers Subscription

10 December 2014 | By

Building programme is one of the largest in the region

Shopping

Contractors invited to bid for Abu Dhabi shopping mall Subscription

7 December 2014 | By

Gulf Related’s shopping mall will be built on Maryah Island

Atlantis, Dubai

Contractors submit prequalifications for Atlantis Dubai extension Subscription

7 December 2014 | By

Palm Jumeirah hotel project is valued at $1.4bn

Oman extends bid deadline for railway contract

Oman extends bid deadline for railway contract Subscription

30 November 2014 | By

Proposals for first section now due on 18 January 2015

Aramco aims to award stadium contracts in December

Aramco aims to award stadium contracts in December Subscription

25 November 2014 | By ,

More time needed to evaluate bids for construction of 11 stadiums

Project awards

The local Engineering Contracting Company (ECC) has been awarded a $147m contract for the expansion of Dubai Properties’ Remraam development

Local firm wins contract for Dubailand work Subscription

17 December 2014 | By

Engineering Contracting Company wins deal for Remraam expansion work

Mecca

Misa takes on Abraj Kudai project work Subscription

14 December 2014 | By

Saudi Binladin subcontracts construction work on Mecca project

The Al-Mina area of Dubai (foreground) with Dubai Maritime City (background)

Omniyat maritime city project commences Subscription

10 December 2014 | By

Omniyat announce details of new project

Doha metro train

Consortium wins Doha metro contract Subscription

9 December 2014 | By

Lotte Engineering & Construction wins Red Line North elevated works

Road

Qatar awards $1.5bn of infrastructure deals Subscription

8 December 2014 | By

Ashghal announces roads, drainage and sewage treatment contracts

Oman approves road contract awards

Oman approves $702m of road contract awards Subscription

3 December 2014 | By

Tender board gives green light for Adam-Thumrait and Barka-Nakhal carriageways

Avenues Mall in Kuwait

Al-Ahmadiah wins $391m contract for Kuwait mall project Subscription

27 November 2014 | By

Local contractor will build fourth phase of shopping development

Local contractors win New Doha Port deal

Local contractors win New Doha Port deal Subscription

17 November 2014 | By

Firms will build customs area and associated infrastructure

Financing

Arabian Hotel Investment Conference 2014

Arabian Hotel Investment Conference 2015

5 November 2014

Over a decade of defining the hotel investment landscape

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 Subscription

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

Update

Ali Rashid Lootah, chairman of Nakheel

Nakheel to award $2bn of construction contracts Subscription

17 December 2014 | By

Developer will focus on building assets that produce recurring revenues

Heathcare

Drake & Scull wins Abu Dhabi healthcare work Subscription

17 December 2014 | By

Abu Dhabi healthcare project secured by engineering subsidiary

Aramco receives revised offers for stadium building deals

Aramco receives revised bids for stadium building Subscription

16 December 2014 | By

Firms submitted original prices on 26 October

Stadiums

Aramco appoints project managers for stadiums Subscription

14 December 2014 | By

International firms will work on one of Saudi Arabia’s largest building programmes

Expo location

US and UK team land Dubai Expo programme management Subscription

10 December 2014 | By

CH2M Hill and Mace will manage the development of Dubai Trade Centre Jebel Ali that includes Expo site

Construction

Saudi Aramco extends submission date for 2,500 villa contract Subscription

4 December 2014 | By

Work will also involve providing supporting infrastructure

Obhur creek in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Jeddah invites prequalification for Obhur bridge project Subscription

2 December 2014 | By

Bridge in western province will cost an estimated $1bn to build

Construction at Dubai Parks & Resorts theme park development in the Jebel Ali area of Dubai

Dubai Parks & Resorts reaches 45 per cent on network utilities work Subscription

24 November 2014 | By

Remaining packages awarded by end of 2014

Construction trends

Number of freehold residential transactions in Dubai

Oil prices unlikely to affect real estate in short term Subscription

17 December 2014 | By

Dubai’s real estate market witnessing relative stability as the region prepares for the impact of falling oil prices

The Wessal Bouregreg development in Rabat, in Morocco

Revamping Morocco’s biggest cities Subscription

17 December 2014 | By Dominc Dudley

Channelled through investment fund Wessal Capital, billions of dollars in Gulf money is reshaping the centre of the cities of Rabat and Sale

Riyadh existing housing suppy and additional housing supply

Riyadh struggles to meet housing demand Subscription

16 December 2014 | By James Gavin

The high cost of land in the city, coupled with a lack of new housing supply and rapid population growth, is leading to increasingly cramped conditions in Riyadh

Saudi cement demand supply balance

Promising outlook for cement sector Subscription

16 December 2014 | By

While challenging market conditions are currently making life tricky for Saudi cement producers, the predicted increase in demand should ensure their return to growth

Refinery

A new era for contracting Subscription

11 December 2014 | By

The recent price dispute at Aramco’s Jizan project suggests a new period of less aggressive bidding is around the corner

Bollywood Park: Will be part of the Dubai Theme Park

Dubai taps entertainment sector Subscription

4 December 2014 | By

The emirate is diversifying its tourism offering from retail and beaches to include theme parks in its bid to reach 20 million visitors by 2020

Doha Festival City

Interview: Kareem Shamma, CEO of Doha Festival City Subscription

3 December 2014 | By

Progress at Doha’s largest shopping mall shows the private sector can indeed deliver large-scale projects in Qatar, says Kareem Shamma

November contract awards

Middle East contracts awarded: November 2014 Video Subscription

1 December 2014

Over $3bn of contracts awarded in November in the Middle East

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MEED comment

Dubai Marina

Robust Dubai can weather 2015 storm

18 December 2014 | By

Challenging year ahead is not cause for worry yet

Opec secretary-general Abdullah al-Badri

Opec sets the tone for 2015

15 December 2014 | By

Regional producers are not about to cut oil production and the assumptions that have underpinned forecasting in recent years have to be revisited

The planned Dubai World Expo 2020 site

Expo progress will reverse declining sentiment

11 December 2014 | By

Construction companies are less optimistic about the future as 2015 approaches

The downwards revision of population estimates for Abu Dhabi means cuts in investment are likely to follow

Abu Dhabi government gets breathing space

11 December 2014 | By

The downwards revision of population estimates for the emirate means cuts in investment are likely to follow

Kuwait’s projects market is enjoying a long-awaited period of high activity

Bright future for Kuwait projects market

27 November 2014 | By

While contract awards are expected to keep flowing in 2015, the country is little prepared for the surge in activity

Qatar World Cup: Designs for Lusail Stadium - side view

Qatar World Cup doubts wiped away

13 November 2014 | By

All Qatar’s efforts can now focus on World Cup preparations

As the Saudi market grows and the opportunities become more sizeable, more foreign contractors will be prepared to compete in this environment

Removal of kingdom's bidding barriers only first step

13 November 2014 | By

Other hurdles still remain for contractors when entering the Saudi construction market

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 Subscription

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 Subscription

16 October 2014 | By

Margins are expected to creep up as order books fill

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Special reports

Opec secretary-general Abdullah al-Badri

Opec sets the tone for 2015

15 December 2014 | By

Regional producers are not about to cut oil production and the assumptions that have underpinned forecasting in recent years have to be revisited

Riyadh

Saudi project activity stays strong amid oil price volatility

26 November 2014 | By James Gavin

The lower oil price may lead to uncertainty among stakeholders, but Riyadh’s willingness to maintain spending will continue to provide momentum for schemes

Tunnelling

Construction: Metro drives tunnelling boom

20 November 2014

It is estimated there are about $245bn-worth of projects with a tunnelling element planned or under way in the Middle East

Infrastructure

HSBC Middle East Infrastructure Guide

28 October 2014 | By

Governments embrace window of opportunity

Construction

Construction: Off-plan sales market returns Subscription

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

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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

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Top 10 projects

Q2 Rank Project Name Country Contract value ($m)
1 Housing Complex in Basmaya Iraq 8,000
2 Housing Development: Phase 2 Saudi Arabia 3,600
3 Abraj Kudai in Mecca Saudi Arabia 3,500
4 King Abdulla bin Abdulaziz Project: Jeddah Security Forces
Medical Complex
Saudi Arabia 3,350
4 King Abdulla bin Abdulaziz Project: Riyadh Security Forces
Medical Complex
Saudi Arabia 3,350
6 Ch'Rafate City Project Morocco 3,000
7 Grand Mosque Expansion in Mecca Saudi Arabia 2,500
8 Dubai Pearl: Tower UAE 2,400
9 Education City: Research Institute Sidra Medical & Research Center Qatar 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 Q3 2014 Top 100 Projects report
Source: MEED Projects; Data compiled: November 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

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People

Mark Andrews Subscription

4 November 2014

Mark Andrews is managing director for Middle East business at Laing O’Rourke

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

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