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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

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

Project bids


Oman tenders first railway section Subscription

2 September 2014 | By

There are 18 groups prequalified for design and build package

Entisar Tower Dubai by Meydan Group

Dubai developer receives bids for 100-storey tower Subscription

1 September 2014 | By

Tall structure will be built on Sheikh Zayed road

Qatar stadium

Qatar tenders Al-Khor stadium construction Subscription

31 August 2014 | By

Project also involves the construction of a retail precinct

The planned Al-Wakrah stadium in Doha

Doha tenders World Cup stadium Subscription

28 August 2014 | By

At least nine groups are prequalified to bid for Doha’s Al-Wakrah stadium

Kuwait University in Kuwait

Kuwait University tenders building work Subscription

27 August 2014 | By

Kuwait University contract covers building and operation work


Mecca sets new metro tender deadline Subscription

25 August 2014 | By

Bid are now due in late October

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


Aramco to invite 12 to bid for 11 stadiums Subscription

31 July 2014 | By

An award is expected by the end of 2014

Project awards

Nakheel Mall site and Al-Ittihad Park on Palm Jumeirah

Trojan wins Palm Jumeirah construction contract Subscription

28 August 2014 | By

Nakheel appoints contractor to build residential block


Joint venture wins more work on Doha Metro Subscription

25 August 2014 | By

Team secures contract for elevated sections of railway


Nakheel awards Jumeirah Islands construction contract Subscription

21 August 2014 | By

Local contractor will build houses and retail centre


Arab Contractors wins $180m in Algeria contracts Subscription

21 August 2014 | By

Egyptian firm is awarded three major industrial zone projects


GP Zachariades Group wins Bahrain hospital contract Subscription

20 August 2014 | By

Cypriot contractor will build cancer centre at northern hospital

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


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


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

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


The planned Al-Wasl Plaza of Expo 2020

HOK and Arup win more Dubai Expo masterplanning Subscription

27 August 2014 | By

Consortium worked on the concept for the bid in 2013

Elevated road

Contractor secures Qatar interchange work Subscription

27 August 2014 | By

New interchange in Qatar will provide access to a new shopping mall

Dubai Multi-Commodities Centre

Turner appointed Burj 2020 project manager Subscription

27 August 2014 | By

Dubai tower Burj 2020 will be world’s tallest commercial building

Planned Guggenheim Museum in Abu Dhabi

Contractors submit bids for Abu Dhabi Guggenheim Subscription

26 August 2014 | By

Saadiyat Island will be home to several major museums

Nakheel's Jumeirah Village Triangle development in Dubai

Nakheel appoints consultant for Dubai shopping mall Subscription

26 August 2014 | By

Retail centre will be built at Jumeirah Village Triangle

Cairo metro

Bidders given new closing date for Cairo metro Line 3 tender Subscription

25 August 2014 | By

Seven groups prequalified for third phase of Cairo metro Line 3


GP Zachariades Group wins Bahrain hospital contract Subscription

20 August 2014 | By

Cypriot contractor will build cancer centre at northern hospital


Doha evaluates bids for port construction package Subscription

19 August 2014 | By

Seven groups submitted prices for naval infrastructure package at new port

Construction trends

Top 100 projects, Q2 2014

Top 100 projects index dips Subscription

14 August 2014 | By

Small fall in the total value of the Middle East’s biggest projects, but further pressure expected due to fighting in Iraq

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

Iraq expressway network

Construction and housing in Iraq Subscription

7 August 2014 | By Bernadette Ballantyne

Only the construction of millions of homes can solve the housing crisis

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

Lebnanon construction activity

Property sector sees short-term gains in Lebanon Subscription

23 July 2014 | By

Signs of a recovery in Lebanon’s real estate and construction sectors may just be temporary as a new political vacuum is denting investor confidence

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

Labour crackdown shows mixed results in Saudi Arabia Subscription

10 July 2014 | By James Gavin

A conflicting picture is emerging of the impact of labour market reforms, with some contractors reporting huge losses, while economic growth remains strong

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MEED comment

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

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 Subscription

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


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

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Special reports


Construction: Off-plan sales market returns

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


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


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 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

Gulf Index sees its worst week in nearly two years Subscription

27 August 2014 | By

All markets declined apart from those of Qatar and Saudi Arabia

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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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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Kuwait: Sanitary discharge network and discharge water plant Subscription

2 September 2014 | By

Construction, completion and maintenance of a sanitary discharge network and discharge water plant for an air base

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