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New projects

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

District cooling

Dubai prepares Mirdif and Al-Khail district cooling consultancy Subscription

6 November 2014 | By

Temporary cooling will be replaced in Ghoroob and Shorooq

Abu Dhabi in the UAE

Hill wins Abu Dhabi court complex management contract Subscription

4 November 2014 | By

Federal courts complex will be built in Khalifa City

Qatar to tender airport expansion next year

Qatar to tender airport expansion next year Subscription

3 November 2014 | By

Work involves development of concourses D and E

Dubai construction projects

Investment Corporation of Dubai revives World Trade Centre tower plans Subscription

3 November 2014 | By

Developer also approaching contractors for Atlantis project on Palm Jumeirah

Construction

Saudi Aramco tenders 2,500 villa contract Subscription

21 October 2014 | By

Work will also involve providing supporting infrastructure

Project bids

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

UAE healthcare projects

Musanada seeks Sheikh Khalifa Medical City bid bond extensions Subscription

25 November 2014 | By ,

Abu Dhabi body has been evaluating bids since March

Oman invites bids for Sohar wastewater treatment plant

Oman invites bids for Sohar wastewater treatment plant Subscription

20 November 2014 | By

Tebodin bids low for supervision services contract

Oman invites bids for Sohar port desalination plant

Oman invites bids for Sohar port desalination plant Subscription

20 November 2014 | By

Prequalified companies bidding for consultancy and construction contracts

Stadium

Aramco plans to award stadiums on 20 November Subscription

12 November 2014 | By

Fast track programme is due for completion in June 2016

The King Fahd Causeway, which links Bahrain and Saudi Arabia

Contractors bid for Saudi-Bahrain causeway dredging Subscription

11 November 2014 | By

Marine works involve dredging a new island for Saudi-Bahrain causeway link

Airport

Firms invited to prequalify for Kuwait airport runways Subscription

10 November 2014 | By

Contractors submitted bids for terminal building in early November

Contractors submit bids for Oman convention centre

Contractors submit bids for Oman convention centre Subscription

5 November 2014 | By

Indian firm bids low for main contract

Project awards

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

Bluewaters development

Meraas appoints contractors for Dubai building work Subscription

5 November 2014 | By

Construction contracts cover Bulgari hotel, Bluewaters and Nikki Beach Resorts

District cooling

Drake & Scull wins Abu Dhabi district cooling deal Subscription

3 November 2014 | By

Work involves installing a network serving a housing complex

Hospital

Kuwait awards hospital expansion contract Subscription

29 October 2014 | By

Award is third major construction order placed in 2014

Kuwait

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

Financing

Arabian Hotel Investment Conference 2014

Arabian Hotel Investment Conference 2015 Subscription

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

Egypt’s slums secure upgrade funding Subscription

8 July 2014 | By

EU investment to improve living standards for country’s poorest

Update

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

Kuwait International airport

Kuwait tenders new airport terminal project management deal Subscription

19 November 2014 | By

Fourteen international consultants have been invited to bid

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

Dubai Media City in Dubai, the UAE

Tecom Butterfly Project due for completion in late 2015 Subscription

11 November 2014 | By

Al-Sahel have started work on Dubai Media City office development

Al-Maryah

Gulf Related to open Abu Dhabi mall in 2018 Subscription

10 November 2014 | By

Developer broke ground on scheme on 10 November

Reservoir

Qatar expected to award mega-reservoirs in 2015 Subscription

4 November 2014 | By

Contractors have bid for five reservoir packages

Cairo in Egypt

Firms compete for Cairo Metro project management Subscription

3 November 2014 | By

Contract covers phase three of line three

Aviation

Bahrain receives airport prequalifications Subscription

29 October 2014 | By

Project is being funded by Abu Dhabi Fund for Development

Construction trends

Ambition: Modon's industrial cities are expected to represent about 24 per cent of the kingdom's GDP by 2020

Moving on from Jubail and Yanbu Subscription

24 November 2014 | By

Riyadh is looking to diversify its industry away from its two main industrial hubs and is setting up small conversion industries that can provide jobs and supply megaprojects

 King Abdullah Economic City remains the flagship economic city, encompassing some 180 square kilometres at Rabigh

Economic cities move forward slowly Subscription

24 November 2014 | By James Gavin

While some projects such as the King Abdullah Economic City are seeing progress, other cities in more remote regions of the kingdom continue to face delays

Qatar: A section of a tunnel boring machine arrives

Tunnel borers arrive in Qatar Subscription

19 November 2014 | By Bernadette Ballantyne

With 21 tunnel boring machines set to operate simultaneously beneath the streets of Doha, the first challenge has been to deliver them safely to Qatar

Auger boring uses the screw conveyor to move the earth

Strong outlook for microtunnelling Subscription

19 November 2014 | By Bernadette Ballantyne

Microtunnelling is becoming increasingly popular for placing pipelines and service routes, but as the scale of work increases so does the complexity and the risk

Building knowledge: The Gulf is developing a comprehensive portfolio of tunnelling experience

Learning lessons underground Subscription

19 November 2014 | By Bernadette Ballantyne

Contractors are gaining valuable experience from the region’s early tunnelling schemes, and are realising that understanding local conditions is key to successful delivery

Pioneer: A small bore unit in use in Saudi Arabia

Cutting through rock in Riyadh Subscription

19 November 2014 | By Bernadette Ballantyne

Contractors have brought new technology to Saudi Arabia, pioneering a fresh approach to placing water mains in the capital

Regional tunnelling projects

Metro schemes drive boom in tunnelling Subscription

19 November 2014 | By Bernadette Ballantyne

Many major schemes across the GCC have tunnelling elements, with governments looking to minimise disruption to populations and businesses from construction work

GCC: Cost can be a barrier to significant upgrade work

New life for old buildings Subscription

18 November 2014 | By Paul Melly

To achieve a serious reduction in carbon emissions, the region’s governments will have to upgrade existing buildings to increase their energy efficiency

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MEED comment

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

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 Subscription

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 Subscription

18 September 2014 | By

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

Construction workers

Solving the Saudi labour crisis Subscription

18 September 2014 | By

Compromise is needed from both sides to achieve this difficult mission

Dubai airport

UAE firms have edge for Bahrain airport Subscription

1 September 2014 | By

Dubai and Abu Dhabi-based firms will receive preferential treatment

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Special reports

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

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

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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 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

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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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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