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Project news

Qatar calls for private sector to support tourism projects Subscription

31 March 2014, 11:05 GMT | By

Qatar Development Bank to provide direct financing for tourism schemes

Abu Dhabi floats tender for entertainment venue Subscription

27 March 2014, 9:05 GMT | By

Khalifa Park Entertainment Event aims to attract 1.5-2m visitors

Contractor wins more Dubai theme park work Subscription

24 March 2014, 8:54 GMT | By

Theme park project will be built in the Satwa area of Dubai

Carillion in front for more Dubai work Subscription

23 March 2014, 10:04 GMT | By

The W Hotel & Residences will be built on the Palm Jumeirah’s crescent

Diplomatic row is a further setback to Qatar-Bahrain causeway Subscription

10 March 2014, 6:27 GMT | By

The long-awaited Qatar-Bahrain road and rail link was first unveiled in 1999

Developer receives bids for Saadiyat hotel Subscription

3 March 2014, 9:53 GMT | By

Planned Saadiyat Rotana resort property will have 354 rooms and 13 beach villas

Contractors submit prices for Dubai hotel Subscription

3 March 2014, 9:01 GMT | By

Development will be built on the Palm Jumeirah

Contractors submit prices for Madinat phase 4 in Dubai Subscription

26 February 2014, 8:01 GMT | By

The next phase of the Madinat development in Dubai includes a new hotel

March closing date for Qatar golf course clubhouse Subscription

26 February 2014, 5:57 GMT | By

Golf course is being developed by Qatar Foundation

Al-Sharq Investment tenders Palm Jumeirah hotel Subscription

28 January 2014, 5:19 GMT | By

W Hotel & Residences will be built on the island’s crescent

Tourism market news

Dubai’s IMG World of Adventures secures billion-dirham financing

14 April 2014, 9:50 GMT | By

Theme park due to open by early 2015

Dubai moves closer to 20 million visitor target Subscription

5 March 2014, 11:30 GMT | By

Dubai’s tourism industry grew by 10.6 per cent in 2013

Jumeirah to operate more hotels in Dubai Subscription

19 February 2014, 14:31 GMT | By

New hotels will support ambitious visitor targets ahead of Expo 2020

Theme parks vital for Dubai’s tourism sector Subscription

28 January 2014, 11:35 GMT | By

Jumeirah Group’s CEO says theme parks needed if Dubai is to hit its tourism targets

Dubai aims for world heritage status for creek

28 January 2014, 11:22 GMT | By

Several projects planned or under way to support campaign

Nakheel mulls future of Palm Jebel Ali Subscription

28 January 2014, 10:21 GMT | By

Dubai developer says all stalled projects would be reviewed if there is demand

Nakheel to build nine hotels over next five years Subscription

28 January 2014, 9:39 GMT | By

Five of the hotels will be located on Deira Islands

Dubai Expo will require $8.8bn investment Subscription

28 January 2014, 6:11 GMT | By

Hotel numbers in the emirate to double as a result of investment into Dubai Expo event

Dubai sets up new company to promote tourism Subscription

27 January 2014, 8:20 GMT | By

Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing will promote emirate as a tourism destination

Alec wins $53m contract to build Oman hotel Subscription

26 January 2014, 8:01 GMT | By

New five-star hotel will be built in Jabal al-Akhdar

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Tourism trends

Qatar Social Project of the Year

31 March 2014, 8:09 GMT

Construction of infrastructure for the residential area at the Katara project

UAE Leisure Project of the Year

30 March 2014, 11:48 GMT

Saadiyat Island St Regis Resort

Oman Leisure Project of the Year

25 March 2014, 12:48 GMT

Salalah Gardens Mall

Al-Marri: The Expo will accelerate growth

Wider region will benefit from Dubai Expo 2020 win Subscription

27 January 2014, 7:11 GMT

Dubai Tourism & Commerce Marketing director-general Helal al-Marri tells MEED what to expect from the Expo

Dubai Expo 2020

Expo set to boost Dubai projects sector Subscription

27 January 2014, 7:11 GMT

The emirate has set aside $7bn to fund Expo-related projects

Green Expo Village: One of the areas within the Dubai Expo 2020 site at Jebel Ali

A sustainable model for Dubai Expo 2020 Subscription

27 January 2014, 7:10 GMT

Dubai is already ensuring that the expo leaves a lasting legacy


Delivering Dubai Expo 2020

27 January 2014, 6:46 GMT | By

Big bang beginning to a year of fresh starts

Competition pushes down room rates in Qatar Subscription

23 January 2014, 11:59 GMT | By

Qatar winning the right to host the Fifa World Cup in 2022 has triggered the resurgence of its hospitality industry as hotel operators vie for a share of future demand

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Helal Saeed al-Marri Subscription

27 January 2014, 12:25 GMT

Helal Saeed al-Marri is director-general, Dubai Tourism & Commerce Marketing

Reem al-Hashimy Subscription

27 January 2014, 12:15 GMT

Reem al-Hashimy is UAE minister of state and managing director of the Expo 2020 Preparatory Committee

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, Vice-president and prime minister, UAE; Ruler, Dubai

The people spearheading Dubai's expo plans Subscription

27 January 2014, 7:09 GMT

Twelve key figures involved with Dubai’s Expo preparations

Nicholas Clayton Subscription

20 January 2014, 11:47 GMT

Nicholas Clayton is chief operating officer, Jumeirah Group

Fahed al-Ketbi Subscription

20 January 2014, 11:40 GMT

Fahed al-Ketbi is chief operations officer, Aldar Properties

Raed al-Nuaimi Subscription

20 January 2014, 11:27 GMT

Raed al-Nuaimi is chief leisure and entertainment officer, Meraas Holding

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Oman: Architectural consultancy services Subscription

21 February 2014, 14:21 GMT | By

Provision of leadership in energy and environmental design (Leed) architectural design consultancy serices for a building project

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