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Negotiations for Sheikh Khalifa Medical City Subscription

12 January 2015 | By

Discussions with bidders are ongoing

Al-Wakrah stadium

Qatar extends World Cup stadiums deadlines Subscription

6 January 2015 | By

Tender dates for two stadiums being built in preparation for Fifa’s 2022 football World Cup have been extended as contractors ask for more time

Al-Khodari & Sons wins multiple university contracts Subscription

29 December 2014 | By

Saudi-based firm awarded work by the Ministry of Higher Education.


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


Oman receives bids for cultural complex Subscription

15 December 2014 | By

Six firms submit technical offers

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


Aramco appoints project managers for stadiums Subscription

14 December 2014 | By

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

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

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

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Bahrain reveals healthcare investment plan Subscription

31 December 2014 | By

Bahrain to invest millions in healthcare centres and hospitals over the next 10 years

Qatar will keep 2022 World Cup

Qatar will keep 2022 World Cup Subscription

13 November 2014 | By

Report did not find enough evidence of corruption to justify revote

In Abu Dhabi, new buildings must have a rating of at least one pearl and all government buildings must achieve a minimum of two

Lowest price wins must end for contract awards Subscription

21 October 2014 | By

Focus on cheapest bid hampering sustainable building development  

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

Kier targets Middle East building sector Subscription

3 June 2014 | By

UK-based contractor Kier looks to build on recent Dubai University construction deal

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Public buildings trends

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

Mohamed al-Khadar

Interview: Executive director, Urban Planning Council, Abu Dhabi Subscription

27 November 2014 | By

Abu Dhabi’s Urban Planning Council is making good strides in helping the emirate plan the next phase of its development, says Mohamed al-Khadar

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


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

 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

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

Bottleneck: Riyadh has realised additional resources will be needed to deal with the volume of work planned

Kingdom paves the way for new contractors Subscription

13 November 2014 | By

New contractors will be invited to work in the kingdom to take pressure off existing, overloaded players

Qatar World Cup: Designs for Lusail Stadium - side view

Qatar World Cup doubts wiped away Subscription

13 November 2014 | By

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

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Donna Sultan Subscription

4 August 2013

Donna Sultan is chief executive officer, KEO International Consultants

Jean Nouvel Subscription

4 August 2013

Jean Nouvel is founder and partner, Ateliers Jean Nouvel

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GCC Construction 2015

12 August 2014

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